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MonkeyNotes-King Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare
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Conflict

Protagonist: King Henry is the protagonist of the play. Though he
cannot rightly be called a hero, he is the central figure of the play
and portrayed as an inept monarch whose inefficiency results in
political and economical conflicts. He is a fatalist and cannot lead
because he is always looking for an answer either in the cosmos or
from one of his minions. Henry's religious inclinations blind him to
political realities. He is the central figure around which all other
actions are aimed although whether or not he is a hero is
questionable.

Antagonist: The play starts with the victory of York at the first
battle of St. Albans. It is a demonstration of internal dissension and
seditious squabbling among the nobility that damaged England's
power and resulted in civil war. The antagonists are many, but
ultimately it is moral depravity and ruthless ambition that pervade
many of the characters in the play who vie for the crown. Many
injustices are committed especially towards innocent youth. Each
successive injustice or crime calls out for the need of revenge. The
main antagonist is the family of York whose ambitions for the
throne have created all the disorder.

Climax: The climax of the play is reached in Scene 6 of the last
Act when Richard murders King Henry. He reaches a stage when
he has complete disregard of all obligations whatsoever and the
end justifies the means. The crown is his ultimate end. The play
ends with the death of the Henry and the birth of the new prince.

Outcome: The outcome of the play is the decline of the Lancaster
line and emergence of York to the throne. King Henry is murdered
and the house of York wins. The birth of the new prince and
Richard's last comment reveals that the destruction and conflict is
not yet over.

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