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Henry V
Henry V
by William Shakespeare

Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Henry decides to invade France.

Act II

Henry's troops face a likely defeat at Agincourt.

Act III

Against all odds, Henry's army is victorious at Agincourt. Henry forces the King of France to name his as his heir and marry him to his daughter.

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