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    King Henry IV

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    attendees: history has and always will repeat itself. From the battlefields of England and France, all the way to Ancient Rome, leaders of the state will take any action necessary to protect the state, other than place themselves in harm’s way, as without them, no state exists. King Henry IV fascinated Shakespeare; the author tells the man’s achievements over the course…

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    Henry IV, a play by the famous play writer Shakespeare, contains many themes. A major theme that plays a huge role throughout the play is that of honor. Each character has personal reasons for wanting to obtain honor. Shakespeare consistently shows throughout this play how selfish intentions can lead to negative results. The main characters in Shakespeare’s play all have separate ideas of what it means to be honorable, which Shakespeare demonstrates in his play by having each character have…

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    when 1 Henry IV was written. For instance, a contemporary issue demonstrated in the play is a phenomenon known as helicopter parenting. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, helicopter parenting is when a parent is extremely involved in a child’s life (“Helicopter Parenting”). Parents will often place expectations on their children to achieve certain dreams they have for their kids. This places a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress on their children. This idea is demonstrated throughout…

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    Henry IV

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    England Something is always rotting in politics. Whether it was the middle ages or even now, there are always situations in politics that are too rotten or too taboo to talk about. The Elizabethan era, in particular, had plenty of betrayal, murder, and war. Shakespeare liked to place politics into his histories. Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part 1 shows characters and events in a political view. During the first half of the play, Prince Hal is a joke throughout the kingdom. Hal is a party boy,…

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    Henry IV Part I

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    While Henry IV Part I (Henry IV) may seem only a quintessential medieval tale of revelry and victory in battle, as we delve deeper into Shakespeare’s representation of the motivations and actions of its characters we begin to appreciate the latent political messages at play. The story of Henry IV Part I is fundamentally driven by a quest for legitimacy and an examination of what is required of a political leader. These personal and political ideas are similarly present in Peter Jackson’s film…

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    undoubtedly acts of manipulation as true political agendas must be hidden behind a misleading facade. Language plays a particularly powerful role in portraying these political representations. However ambiguous the political motive may be, control is the ultimate goal in the world of politics. Contrary to popular belief, not all acts of manipulation are inherently immoral. The exploration of King Henry IV, Part One (1596-1597), the second historical play of the Henriad, by William Shakespeare,…

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    Honor can be classified as a high respect or privilege which is a common characteristic found in multiple literary works such as Beowulf, William Shakespeare's Henry IV: Part One, T. H. White’s The Once and Future King, and William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The characters in these literary works often perform deeds and services to either earn or maintain honor or respect of their peers or family members. The majority of these works tends to center around the honor associated with…

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    Falstaff Throughout the world, there have been many renowned writers that left their mark in literature such as, Christopher Marlowe and Robert Greene, but none more revered than Shakespeare. In his lifetime, Shakespeare composed many great plays with distinctive characters; however, one of the most noted characters of all is Falstaff in the The First Part of King Henry the Fourth (Henry IV). The essential reason Falstaff is timeless and able to continuously resonate with people is because of…

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    Margaret was chosen for King Henry VI because he was inadequate. As Abbot observed, if Henry IV been “a man of vigor and resolution, he might have controlled the angry disputants, and [he might have taken] the government fully into his hands… But Henry was a very timid and feeble-minded man” and “had no idea how to effectively take control of his government” (Abbott). Instead, he was replaced with an intellectual, capable mind– even though that mind belonged to a woman. “Her mental powers were…

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    In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I, King Henry often laments his son’s unseemly behavior through well-thought-out speeches and superior language. Yet, in spite of Hal’s reputation as a villainous disgrace to the royal line, on multiple occasions, Hal speaks in an ornate and regal manner. The audience, unlike King Henry, is aware of Hal’s potential as a highly capable leader through the similarities between King Henry and Hal’s speech patterns. Thus the difference in the king’s perspective of Hal…

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