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Chicken in King Henry V (Part 1)

  • Michael Wainwright
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Abstract

The social dilemma of Chicken expresses disorderly sentiments. King Henry V reveals the importance of Chicken as a foreground strategy during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The play parallels Henry’s French predicament with Elizabeth’s Spanish dilemma. These international crises also parallel Edward de Vere’s personal and familial experiences of Chicken. In personal terms, various events reveal Oxford’s propensity for Chicken, including his disagreements with Queen Elizabeth, his feud with Thomas Knyvet, and his desire to serve against the Armada. In familial terms, French defiance of King Henry V required concerted English daring. Richard de Vere, Eleventh Earl of Oxford, exemplified the necessary determination. William Shakspere’s lineage reveals no estimable counterpart.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Wainwright
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  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonEghamUK

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