The King: Henry V [ISFP]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

“Hal” sets out to establish himself as separate from his father immediately—he argues against war and bids his brother to think independently and not just blindly accept their father’s orders. His speech before the battle is laced with Fi—he tells his men to fight for their England, for their homes, and to make this war theirs (personal). When his wife says she will not submit to him unless he earns her respect, he accepts it and tells her to always speak honestly to him. Hal’s inferior Te is weak but ruthless when over-utilized. He is incompetent in considering war strategies, assuming he can fight on the front lines with his most loyal knight, and confused when denied that opportunity (higher Te would recognize his value above his companions as the king, and know to sacrifice his life on a battlefield would leave England without a monarch and defenseless). When he feels insulted, he resorts to harsh, even cruel methods—threatening his friends with severe punishment when they disobey him, being angry when others ignore his orders, reminding them he is “the king” and commands their respect. He orders all prisoners slaughtered, puts several of his former friends and counselors to death, allows his men to murder a rival, and watches hundred die in battle emotionlessly, all under the drive of accomplishing an objective standard: winning a war.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Prior to his kingship, all Hal did was drink, sleep in, and fornicate. He challenges a rival lord to single combat and beats him to save his brother. He wants to fight on the front lines and, when he enters battle, easily becomes “one” with the environment, snatching up and using weapons, dodging blows, drowning men in the mud, and yanking men off horseback to stick them with his blade. He reacts in the moment, by stabbing a traitor in the head. Hal also takes the “French insult” at a surface level, allowing himself to be deceived into a war, and not considering the motives behind it until after the fact. Once his wife points out the truth to him, his Ni pieces together what happened and accuses the man responsible. He becomes too fixated on the desired outcome, and unable to consider the broader ramifications—but he also has a quality of intellectualism and deep thought.

Enneagram: 9w8 self-preservation

Hal maintains an almost surreal, eerie calm that unnerves his rivals, since he shows no external reaction to anything. The French dauphin walks into his presence, insults the size of his manhood, and jests at him, and he remains stone-faced and indifferent, numb to the insults until he later realizes the ramifications and chooses to act on them. He compliantly endures the insults of his father and of the initial arrival of the tennis ball. Even when confronting a traitor, he is calm and detached. Hal spends a good portion of his life ignoring all things unpleasant by engaging in excessive sensory stimulation (being a drunkard and lazing about the castle). But his 8 wing is driven, sometimes domineering, and harsh. He comes down hard on his enemies and does not show mercy. He wants sensory pleasures and does not hold back from them. He orders others to submit to his authority and pushes them when he’s angry in a metaphorical sense (ordering them to stay where they are and show deference to him). He admires his wife’s frankness and it earns his respect, since she is not afraid of him.