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MonkeyNotes-King Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare
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The scene takes place in the palace of the French King where
Queen Margaret beseeches him to take pity on her and husband's
situation. She is ingratiating and gracious just as Henry said she
would be. Therefore, her acting abilities are quite impressive. The
King knows that Margaret is a very determined lady, shrewd and
brave and wonders why she has become so mild and sorrowful.
Her story reveals that she is in need of help and the King agrees to
assist her. However, Warwick's entrance sabotages her plan as he
provides a better offer to the king. He wishes to strengthen the
relationship between France and England with a nuptial knot
between the French King's sister Bona and the English King
Edward. Margaret and Warwick begin to bicker again. Margaret
thinks that she has been upstaged and attempts to belie Warwick's
intentions, but the King reveals that he will go with the offer that is
most beneficial to him. He is not one to rely on sentiment as King
Henry is.

Now Warwick and Oxford take up the belabored point of who is
rightful heir to the throne. They are impervious to the King and
bicker openly. Warwick comes off in this scene as a smooth
political player. He is confident of his plan and will go to any end
to succeed. However, his plan is sabotaged by Edward's own
weakness: his penchant for women. This results in an amazing
reversal of loyalties. Warwick decides to renounce Edward just as
quickly as he had promoted him. The scene ends with his words:

'Not that I pity Henry's misery
But seek revenge on Edward's mockery'

This reveals that Warwick is not so much a man of deep loyalties
to his country or a particular family, but that he is true to his own
ambitions. His reputation has been destroyed because of Edward's
carelessness; now he will learn a lesson.

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