Study Guide

Henry VI Part 2 Act 5, Scene 2

By William Shakespeare

Act 5, Scene 2

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  • Warwick and York enter the battlefield and talk about what's happening. Then Clifford enters, ready to fight.
  • York tells Warwick to beat it. He wants to take on Clifford alone.
  • Words and swords clash. York tells Clifford he'll be the winner today. Turns out he's right: as Clifford dies, York tells him to find peace in heaven.
  • After York leaves, Clifford Jr. comes on talking of valor and soldiers. He finds his father's body.
  • Isn't it strange, Clifford Jr. wonders, that his dad lived in peace all his life, and then died in war as an old man?
  • Clifford Jr. promises to kill anyone siding with York—even an infant—in revenge for his dad's death. He leaves, carrying his dad's body.
  • Richard and Somerset fight, and Somerset is killed in the battle.
  • Richard notices that his enemy died under an alehouse sign: it's from a castle at St. Albans.
  • Hey, didn't the witch say something about Somerset needing to avoid castles way back when?
  • As Richard leaves, he tells us he plans to kill more people instead of praying for them.
  • Over at Henry's tent, Margaret and Henry are talking about what they should do. Henry is too scared to fight, so Margaret suggests he run away. Henry doesn't want to do that, either.
  • Margaret is embarrassed and angry. How can Henry do nothing? He won't fight, but he also won't flee. She decides they should go to London, where the people love him.
  • Clifford Jr. comes in and talks about how bad it is out there, where people are dying. He encourages Henry to get out of there—now.
  • Henry and Margaret leave.

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