henry vi

THE SURPRISING THINGS. I enjoyed these three plays much more than I thought I would, and they were easier to read than I thought they would be.

NOT SURPRISING BUT WORTH NOTING. Each one was better than the previous one.

FAVORITE LINES from each play:

Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself
Till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.
–Part One, Act 1, scene 2, lines 136-138.

Be that thou hop’st to be, or what thou art.
–Part Two, Act 3, sc. 1, line 336.

I hear, yet say not much, but think the more.
–Part Three, Act 4, sc. 1, line 85.

PLAYS ON WORDS. I enjoyed reading Shakespeare in high school, but I had forgotten how much he loved plays on words.

From Part One (Act 3, Scene 2, line 10):

Our sacks will be a mean to sack the city.

From Part Two (Act 1, scene 1, lines 218-219):

Unto the main? O father, Maine is lost!
That Maine which by main force Warwick did win

From Part Three (Act 1, scene 1, lines 122-23):

Were shame enough to shame thee, wert thou not


From Part One (Act 4, Scene 5, lines 48-49):

No more can I be severed from your side
Than can yourself yourself in twain divide.

From Part Two (Act 1, scene 2, lines 270-271):

And force perforce I’ll make him yield the crown,
Whose bookish rule hath pulled fair England down.

From Part Three (Act 5, scene 2, lines 28-29):

Why, what is pomp, rule, reign, but earth and dust?
And live we how we can, yet die we must.

LINES I RECOGNIZED: None in Parts One or Three. But in Part Two, there’s,

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” (Act 4, sc 2, line75)

INTERESTING LANGUAGE ALERT from Part Three, Act 3, sc 3, line 165:

Proud setter-up and puller-down of kings!