How Is Battle Represented In The Charge Of The Light Brigade And Henry V?

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How is battle represented in the Charge Of The Light Brigade and Henry V?

The poem Charge of the Light Brigade, written by Alfred Lord Tennyson, is based on the battle of Balaclava which took place on the 25th October 1854 in the Crimean war. Act 4 Scene 3 of the Shakespearean play, “Henry V”, contains a speech which King Henry V gave to inspire and motivate his soldiers before they go to fight in the battle of Agincourt which took place in France 441 years earlier, Friday 25th October, 1415. Both the poem and the speech are about war, courage and honour.
Tennyson uses language to show that battle is horrifying experience yet an honour. This is shown in the quote.” Storm’d at ...view middle of the document...

” This quote shows that Henry wants honor so much that he is ready to anger god for it. The honor he is yearning for is the honor gained from fighting in battle which reflects his attitude that battle is honourable.
Tennyson’s opinion is that people who fight for their country are heroes. He reveals this opinion with the line, “Noble six hundred”. This line refers to the soldiers which shows Tennyson’s opinion that the soldiers are noble which heroes are.
There are many similarities in how these poets reveal the experience of battle. Firstly, both poets show that battle equates honor and remembrance. Tennyson shows this with the line,”Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade”. This line shows that because they fought in battle, they have received honor which proves Tennyson’s point. It is also proven effective because the poem is so moving it makes the reader also honor and remember the light brigade.
Shakespeare shows that to fight in battle is rewarded by honor and remembrance with the line, ” Then shall our Names, Familiar in his mouth as household words, Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, Be in their flowing cups freshly remembred, This story shall the good man teach his sonne”. This quote shows that Henry V promised his soldiers honor and remembrance and it is known that it was given to them because they now have towns named after them. This shows that Henry V’s promise of Honor and remembrance was fulfilled, and also proves that to fight in battle rewards the fighter with honor and remembrance.
Secondly, both the poem and the speech show the advantages and disadvantages of battle. Charge of the Light Brigade, shows the advantage of battle...

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