"Why was unity such an important issue at the time the play was written? Does your reading of the first act of the play leave you with an impression of unity?"
In the first act of the play, we start in an antechamber in King Henry's palace. The bishop's are discussing the change in Henry's character from a wild man to a model king. Canterbury hopes to persuade Henry against the new law by giving him Church money and supporting England's claim to France. Unity was an important issue at the time this play was written because of the battles being fought. Strength in numbers was one of the most important virtues when fighting a battle, as there is a united front, but trusting the people who are with you is also important.
It was a time of difficult…
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