Friday, July 1, 2011

King Henry VI, parts I, II, and III

I will be brief: all three were very boring. There was no main character, I was never sure who to root for, nothing really happened, and Henry VI was a total wimp.

Henry VI was the exact opposite of his father, there wasn't a shred of leadership in him. He spent all three plays moping around while all hell broke lose and every single person in his acquaintance was trying to take his throne.

Worst Character: Jack Cade (Part II) he was awful. He just went around killing people. (He was a rebel leader.

Best Character: I couldn't really say.

In a Word: Unstellar

I'd say less than stellar, but that is three words.

Rated: Eh, PG13

Crowning Moment: Quite honestly, my favorite part in all three plays was the beginning of the first one, when they are talking about King Henry V who has recently died.

BEDFORD: Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars
That have consented unto Henry's death!
King Henry the Fifth, too famous to live long!
England ne'er lost a king of so much worth.

GLOUCESTER: England ne'er had a king until his time.
Virtue he had, deserving to command:
His brandish'd sword did blind men with his beams:
His arms spread wider than a dragon's wings;
His sparking eyes, replete with wrathful fire,
More dazzled and drove back his enemies
Than mid-day sun fierce bent against their faces.
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech:
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.

Nothing awesome happened in part II. In part III my favorite part was when Edward Plantagenet, Earl of March was wooing Lady Grey. It was quite funny.

Another very interesting thing in the plays was Richard of Gloucester (Who would become King Richard III). The was he was always there in the background, just waiting for his brother to take the throne, so that he could have it.

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