Richard III and Henry V are the two well-known plays written by William Shakespeare. Both the plays explain the different features of the kings in the form of characters of Richard III and Henry V. the characters of Richard III and Henry V successfully highlight the two different personalities in the form of kings who come up with the form of power and supposed to have the throne of United Kingdom. Both Richard III and Henry V shows the different personality features which ultimately impact the facet of power and kingship. Henry V was portrayed as the wise person who comes up with the focus to rebuild the facet of the civil war in the country after his father. On the other hand, Shakespeare depicts the character of Richard III immensely different to the Henry V although they have shared many forms of similarities. Richard III is known as the corrupt person who had no concern for the citizens of England. The difference between the characters of Richard III and Henry V makes it vital to compare both the characters critically. Here the particular focus is to compare both the plays of Richard III and Henry V by considering the difference of characters of both the King Richard III and King Henry V.
The difference between the characters of the Richard III and Henry V successfully indicate that how different characters use different paradigms and strategies to impact the kingship of the country. Richard always adopt the immoral means to attain the facet of the power while Henry V have the intelligent approach to properly align the people of the country with the form of governance and administration. Richard III depicts as the unconcerned person for his public. In other words, he can be effectively described as the brutal villain who only thinks of himself. The significant point of similarity between Richard III and Henry V can be identified as their focus and determination for their ultimate objective of power and ruling. It is crucial to mention that both the characters adopt entirely different means to fulfill their desires.
The paradigm of authority is entirely different in case of both the characters of Richard III and Henry V. People of England had an immense level of fear for the power and authority of the Richard III, but this is not the case of Henry V. He immensely felt responsible for the welfare of the citizens of the country. He tried his best to gain the necessary level of trust and respect from the people by engaging themselves in the matters of government. The King Henry V tried his best to attain the trust of the English court and the people of the country about his decisions of power and authority. He made necessary efforts to overcome the effects of war from the country. He chooses the option of the put claim for the land in France to attain the effective level of political stability in the country.
Henry V had the necessary form of support from his public concerning to his decisions. Henry decided to initiate the war with the France and English people had their support in this matter for their king (Shakespeare and De Somogyi). This particular feature becomes the reason for the ultimate success of the King Henry V. He effectively led his force against France and win the battle. This particular event can be considered as the effective leadership approach of King Henry V which is absent in case of Richard III. The character of King Richard III never tries to formulate the relationship with the public by the trust.
The kingdom of Richard III depicts the entirely different scenario as compared to the King Henry V. People have the immense level of insecurity concerning the different rules and regulations set by the King (Shakespeare). It is also crucial to mention that Richard III use different immoral means to achieve the target of ultimate power and kingship. He secretly made a plan to attain the authority of kingship. He brutally fights with everyone who can be characterized as the threat in his way to reach the throne of the kingdom. Undoubtedly, the character of Richard III can be considered as the great example of the features of immorality and evilness. The Shakespeare portrayed him as the person who can do anything to achieve the objective of supremacy. The particular character of the Richard III can be defined as the person who had evil and selfish intentions. Another effective dimension associated with the character of the Richard III is that he was sharp and confident enough to execute his plans successfully. He had the cunning and persistent nature, and he went beyond to fulfill his objectives. He always shows the bitter attitude towards people and uses them only for his benefit. He had the immense level of hate for the people and utilized it as the power to gain worldly success. Firstly, He married a noble lady just for the sake of achieving political benefits. He wants to gain an immense level of power, so he build an association with Lady Anne. The ultimate goal of the Richard III was to achieve the opportunity of getting a king. He also wanted to influence the authority of the Edward negatively. He used different means to create deteriorating conditions for Edward and ultimately become successful in his plans.
On the other hand, the character of the Henry V can be considered as the hero of the play. He shows the immense level of determination during his ruling. He always portrays himself as the well-wisher of his people. He takes many steps to approach the citizens of the country effectively. He always felt accountable in front of the people and the court of the country (Pudney). He had the extraordinary characteristics which made him noble, and people praise him as the great king. Undoubtedly, he had the charismatic personality who could immensely influence people. He had the effective feature of intelligence through which he resolved many critical issues during his ruling period in England. Another influential feature of the personality of the Henry V is that he was immensely determined about his objectives. Once he decided to achieve something, he effectively and efficiently remains stick to that idea and made necessary effort to achieve the goal. Shakespeare effectively depicts the character of the King Henry V to provide the necessary indications about the aspect of real heroism to the readers. He had a good nature but the immense level of persistence. He had the clear idea that how to react effectively in different situations. He knows very well to utilize different situations in the favor by influencing different features according to the need of the situation.
To conclude this, it is necessary to mention that although both the characters of Richard III and Henry V are quite different from each other, both have some elements of similarity. Shakespeare successfully depicts both the characters to indicate about the different sides of the kings which are motivated to achieve their objective. Both have the intention of gaining power but used different ways to achieve that ultimate goal.
Pudney, Eric. “Mendacity and Kingship in Shakespeare’s Henry V and Richard III.” European Journal of English Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, 2015, pp. 163–75.
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Shakespeare, W., and N. De Somogyi. Henry V. EG: The Shakespeare Folios. Nick Hern Books, 2001, https://books.google.com.pk/books?id=FoborFUFo_0C.