Henry VI Part 1

by: William Shakespeare

Act I, Scenes i-iii

A battle between the French and English takes place without dialogue, depicted only as a series of actions, as specified by the stage directions. The siege represents the first of many huge struggles portrayed in this way. Presumably these scenes provided an opportunity to display great theatrical spectacle; however, if we are reading the play rather than watching it performed, we must ourselves imagine the atmosphere and drama of these encounters: the written text provides only the most sparse of textual elucidation.