Study Guide

Henry VI Part 3 Act 2, Scene 6

By William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 6

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  • Get out the first aid kit, because Clifford is injured. He's got a bunch of regrets, but not the kind you'd expect: he wishes he didn't have to die, and he wishes that Henry weren't such a weak king.
  • Why couldn't Henry be like his dad (Henry V) and granddad (Henry IV)? They fought like real kings and didn't give away the crown to anybody.
  • Clifford faints and—speak of the devil—the York family and supporters waltz in.
  • Edward tells everyone that they've had a bit of luck and can take a break. He asks if anyone has seen Clifford.
  • Warwick says he hasn't. Then the guys hear a groan and decide to check out where it came from.
  • Richard finds Clifford and says a few callous words about Clifford killing his brother and dad.
  • Warwick suggests they put Clifford's head up on the city gates instead of York's. They want to show everyone how cruel Henry's peeps were when they put York's head on that fence. They'll replace it with Clifford's head to show that they're different. Because, you know, logic.
  • As the guys take Clifford's body, they mock him. You can't answer back now, can you? they say. They all laugh.
  • It's all very funny (not) until Warwick brings the brothers back to reality by reminding them that they've got a crown to steal. Sure, they've defeated the enemy, but they need to secure their victory by actually taking the throne.
  • Warwick thinks they should ally with France; that way, they'll have enough troops to battle Margaret if she messes with them again.
  • Edward agrees. Before they all leave, he makes Richard the Duke of Gloucester and George the Duke of Clarence.
  • Richard says he doesn't want to be the Duke of Gloucester, since the last guy who had that title died really horribly. He wants to switch titles.
  • No way, says Warwick. That's just silly.