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MonkeyNotes-King Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare
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Act V, Scene 2

The scene is the field of battle near Barnet where King Edward
enters, bringing forth a wounded Warwick. He leaves him to get
Montagu, Warwick's brother so that they both can die together. In
a dazed state Warwick delivers a soliquy that ruminates on the
wastefulness of ambition and the destruction it brings. "Why, what
is pomp, rule, regin, but earth and dust?/ And live we how we can,
yet die we must." Oxford and Somerset enter to inform him that
the Queen has come from France with a powerful army and if only
Warwick could get up, they could easily escape. Warwick calls
Montague who is lying nearby to come and support him and wash
away his blood with his tears. Somerset informs him that
Montague is dead. Warwick bids them also farewell and says that
they shall meet again in heaven and dies. They take away his body.

Notes:

This scene shows the fall of the great Warwick. He is brought
wounded and made to lie down by Edward who says,
'So, lie thou there: die thou, and die our fear;

For Warwick was a bug that feared us all.'
Edward expresses his fear of Warwick openly as he compares the
valiant man to a bug that can bite whenever encountered.

As he is dying, Warwick compares him to a cedar tree, whose arms
gave shelter to the princely eagle and under whose shelter the
ramping lion slept. 'Ramping lion' shows fierceness that was
concealed under the shade of royal power. When opportunity
came, the lion exposed itself.

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