Monday, January 5, 2009

Henry V - Separated at Birth from George Bush?


In that you are thinking of politics while reading Henry V, let me note Jonathan Bate (Genius, 201) cites William Hazlitt (Characters of Shakespeare's Plays, 1817), thinking of Henry V's justification for being in France on Crispin's Day as distinctly questionable: "Henry, because he did not know how to govern his own kingdom, determined to make war upon his neighbors; because his own title to the crown was doubtful, he laid claim to that of France."

The weakness, of course, is George W. Bush didn't have a speech writer who could come up with a line such as, "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers."


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