Study Guide

Henry V Act 3, Scene 1

By William Shakespeare

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Act 3, Scene 1

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  • The scene opens in the middle of the siege of Harfleur, where King Henry delivers a famously rousing speech to his troops as he urges them on into a gap in the French fortifications: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, / Or close the wall up with our English dead."
  • Henry also tells his troops to channel their inner tigers (seriously) and declares that, if they fight with everything they've got, warfare will make them noble (even the "yeoman" who grew up on farms).
  • Henry shouts, "God for Harry! England and Saint George!"

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