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Free Study Guide-Henry VIII by William Shakespeare-Free Plot Synopsis Notes
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THEMES

Major Theme

The major theme of this play is the evolution of England in the 16th century. The focus is on certain important events that occur during the reign of Henry VIII.

The play also concentrates on the misery that mightiness meets.


Minor Theme

The succession of Tudor to the throne and celebration and formation of Tudor dynasty, which brings peace and prosperity in England.

MOOD

The Mood in the first four acts of the play is of a somber nature, as tragedy follows tragedy. The execution of a great man, heartbreak of a virtuous woman and the spectacular downfall of an able statesman all arouse pity and sympathy in the face of catastrophic circumstances. The Mood changes in Act V to that of merry festivity and celebration with the birth of Princess Elizabeth.

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