King Henry Iv Part One Essays

Henry IV, Part 1, by Shakespeare Essay

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In order for one to keep their political status and please their country, there are some qualities, traits and skills required. For some, political skills may be a natural or intuitive trait. For others, it feels uncomfortable and takes excessive effort. In either case, political skills must be practiced and honed in order to recap its benefits. For instance, one may naturally possess skills such as listening to others, communicating and commitment. On the other hand, one may not possess those skills and it may require excessive effort to possess those skills. Prince Hal realizes that he must learn to possess these characteristics if he wants to be a successful king. Henry IV, Part 1 by Shakespeare deals with the struggle of King Henry IV…show more content…

Poins says that they will “set forth before or after them, and appoint them a place of meeting” but they will “pleasure to fail” (1.2.144-146). Hal is able to plot a plan against anyone, whether it is upper or lower class. He has the ability to manipulate anyone and feet no pity towards his “friend.” Secondly, Hal has different views compared to his father on governing and how to please his country. Prince Hal is convincing his father that when it is time for him to take his responsibilities, he will. Hal says that if he can demonstrate that he is not guilty of the false charges then King Henry will forgive him when he does confess of the youthful indiscretions he actually did commit. Hal says that these charges are “nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.” (1.2.178) He states that he may be acting like hooligan now, but when he does take up his duties he will begin to act like a king. He clarifies that when he is done behaving in a foolish way and he accepts his responsibilities, he will seem like a far better man to the society. Hal tries to give everyone a wrong expectation because he thinks that by transforming into a completely different person, he will be able to please his country. Thirdly, Hal is able to convince anyone to believe his word which is an important trait. King Henry told off Hal for his foolish behaviour and Hal was able to convince his father that he had

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Falstaff's Role in Henry IV, Part One Essay

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Falstaff's Role in Henry IV, Part One

Henry IV, Part One, has always been one of the most popular of

Shakespeare's plays, maybe because of Falstaff. Much of the early criticism

I found concentrated on Falstaff and so will I. This may begin in the

eighteenth century with Samuel Johnson. For Johnson, the Prince is a "young

man of great abilities and violent passions," and Hotspur is a "rugged

soldier," but "Falstaff, unimitated, unimitable Falstaff, how shall I

describe thee? Thou compound of sense and vice . . . a character loaded

with faults, and with faults which produce contempt . . . a thief, a

glutton, a coward, and a boaster, always ready to cheat the weak and prey

upon the poor; to…show more content…

No one can deny that he is

in fact a glutton and a thief. A coward is debatable. I choose to think he

is. He is self centered and cares only for his own profit and enjoyment. He

will protect himself at all costs including playing " possum" if necessary

to avoid injury. When he misuses the money intended to buy troops and

weapons, he turns it into profit for himself. Once again, with no concern

for anyone else, he potentially jeopardizes the troops, the battle and the

kingdom with substandard men and materials while making money for himself.

It makes the reader question, what kind of friend is he to Hal that he

would misuse the trust that has been given him. All the easier for Hal to

ultimately recognize that this is not the kind of person or people he wants

to associate himself with, let alone approve of.

Johnson's second assumption that you can detach Falstaff's frivolity

from the real drama is in fact true, but what would you have left? A less

interesting, less amusing drama with only one main plot. Falstaff is of

paramount importance to the sub-plot dealing with Hal's decision between

continuing his carefree life style or maturing into the role he is destined

to play as a respected prince and later king. This story would be pretty

dull if Hal didn't have to choose between an entertaining life like

Falstaff's or an honorable one as a gallant warrior and respected

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