Once more unto the breach this video features henry v's “once more unto the breach” speech in which he inspires his soldiers to continue the siege of harfleur by glorifying the act of war, appealing to their honor and reminding them of england's shared warrior past this is act iii, scene i from henry v. What did shakespeare mean by once more to the breach shmoop explains in twenty-first century english. He asks the archbishop of canterbury for an analysis of the salic law: does the church believe it should inhibit him from going to war for the french throne and while ''henry v'' is full of famously rousing and heroic speeches -- ''once more unto the breach ,'' ''we few, we happy few, we band of brothers''. Speech: “once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more” by william shakespeare (from henry v, spoken by king henry) once more unto the breach , dear friends, once more or close the wall up with our english dead in peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility: but when the blast. There's once more unto the breach (iiii), as quoted at the top of the page, in which henry encourages his troops to make one more great effort to overwhelm the defences of harfleur then there's saint crispin's day (iviii), henry's big speech before the climactic battle of agincourt, at which he draws a line in the sand. There are, for example, three very different versions of hamlet, two of king lear, henry v, romeo and juliet, and others editors choose which version to use as their base text, and then amend that text with words, lines or speech prefixes from the other versions that, in their judgment, make for a better or more accurate text.
When the play was performed in manchester in 1804, threats of invasion from france were being met with defiance for the speech before agincourt when henry addresses the soldiers, the local henry changed “cry god for harry, england and st george” to “cry god for harry, england and king george ” and henry's. Henry v study guide contains a biography of william shakespeare, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis he orders his men to rush into a breach in the wall that the english artillery has created for them bardolph rushes towards. Enter king henry, exeter, bedford, gloucester, and soldiers, with scaling-ladders king henry v, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more or close the wall up with our english dead in peace there's nothing so becomes a man, 40 as modest stillness and humility: but when the blast of war blows.
Summary and analysis act iii: scene 2 summary in another part of the harfleur field, bardolph, apparently inspired by henry, calls, on, on, on, on, on to the breach, to the breach but nym and pistol remind him that when the boy is left alone on the stage, we see another view of king henry's inspired englishman. King henry the fifth a brief outline of shakespeares' play the play was written around 1598 when shakespeare was in his mid thirties the events in the play are not always historically accurate chorus is our narrator and in a series of great speeches he guides us through the play at the start of the play king henry. Henry v persuasion speech analysis once more unto the breach dear friends once more this speech given by henry 5th is set at the siege of the french town harfleur, where henry's miners have blown a breach in the outer wall and his soldiers are reluctant to enter the castle as they know that it means almost certain. He says once more to the breach but what he means is, we've just blown a giant hole in the town's wall so please rush in there asap, even though it's dangerous and you'll probably die it doesn't sound so rousing to us but it works henry knows when—and how—to cheer his men on and it turns out his speech is really.
The scene opens in the middle of a battle to capture harfleur henry says, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, / or close the wall up with our english dead (311-2) henry proceeds to order his men to not dishonor their glorious forefathers he motivates his men by telling them to teach the. Crispin's day speech, patton's speech to the third army, and olivier's henry v, selected papers of the ohio valley shakespeare practicing his “war face,” and bellowing the “once more unto the breach” speech from henry v version of his as the troubled, war-weary king1 most analysis of olivier's fabled film is of set. It's hard to do a rabble-rousing speech in a small office but i though i'd make an attempt actually this is my second attempt so, once more unto the breach.
I guess king harry's famous speech isn't as famous as it used to be is it supposed to be breach, as in the gap in a broken wall, or breech, as in the part of the gun where you load the projectile, unless the gun is loaded down the muzzle the two words, breach and breech, both derive from a word meaning “break. When i heard jude law speaking the lines of one of the most famous speeches in shakespeare's plays when king henry is persuading his troops to take the city it started with “once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more” and ended with a rousing “cry god for harry, england and saint george. This large faction covers a considerable range of criticism less than enthusiastic about a celebratory henry v: many find an irreconcilability between being a good the king's breach speech provides a path into understanding the play much deeper than simply a history play celebrating british fortitude at agincourt to more.
For the majority of people in the world the phrase, “the game's afoot,” would be credited to sir arthur conan doyle's sherlock holmes they might be surprised that shakespeare not only coined the phrase but that king henry v expressed it at the conclusion of his famous “once more unto the breach” speech in act 3 scene. Once more unto the breach, dear friends definition words from the play king henry the fifth, by william shakespeare king henry is rallying his troops to attack a breach, or gap, in the wall of an enemy city the new dictionary of cultural literacy, third edition copyright © 2005 by houghton mifflin company published by. 'once more unto the breach': katharine's victory in henry v despite his boldness of speech, henry v lacks confidence in the legitimacy of his plans to acquire france through war from the outset alice confirms this so too does henry, which reveals to katharine that he knows enough french to discern the meaning of any. Read shakespeare's once more unto the breach, dear friends quote from henry v below, along with a modern english translation: spoken by henry, henry v, act iii scene 1 once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.
Shakespeare wrote those words in henry v, act iii, scene i the king was encouraging his soldiers before attacking an enemy and while these are words before going to war, i know that shakespeare meant them as more as with all of his writing, they were replete with multiple meaning thus, this passage. They've gotten roughed up pretty good, and some of them are ready to give up but when henry delivers this motivational speech, they take charge once more and win the day note that the first line is not once more into the breach, a common misquote henry v: once more unto the breach, dear. On rather debatable pretexts, king henry v has led an army—he calls them dear friends—over the channel to invade france this speech typifies henry's rousing oratory, as he exploits his personal popularity and his men's notions of masculinity disclaiming responsibility for the invasion—the blast of war blows but no. Characters plot summary climax themes the salique law format: verse and prose meter: iambic pentameter famous william shakespeare's henry v is a history play centering on the heroic deeds of england's king henry v (1386-1422 ) a history play once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more or close.