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King Henry IV, Part 1 ❴Reading❵ ➶ King Henry IV, Part 1 Author William Shakespeare – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is Conventionally rega David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness IV, Part PDF ☆ and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Partand shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non historical, comic King Henry MOBI :å plot does not simply parody the histor.


About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised April was an IV, Part PDF ☆ English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays, King Henry MOBI :å sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performedoften than those of any other playwrightShakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s DayAt the age of Henry IV, Part MOBI · he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between and he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around , where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by othersShakespeare produced most of his known work between and His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about , including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in , two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare sShakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the worldAccording to historians, Shakespeare wrote plays and sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was plays a year since he first started writing in There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.



10 thoughts on “King Henry IV, Part 1

  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    I have read this play many times, and although Shakespeare always shows me something new this reading gave me little insight and few surprises I was struck with two parallels, however one within the play itself, and one within Shakespeare s body of work First of all, I appreciated the subtle parallels between the Hotspur Glendower and the Hal Falstaff scenes Each young man spends much of his time needling a self important, older man who is such a windbag that the audience is almost automat I have read this play many times, and although Shakespeare always shows me something new this reading gave me little insight and few surprises I was struck with two parallels, however one within the play itself, and one within Shakespeare s body of work First of all, I appreciated the subtle parallels between the Hotspur Glendower and the Hal Falstaff scenes Each young man spends much of his time needling a self important, older man who is such a windbag that the audience is almost automatically on the young man s side Hotspur, whom we are inclined to respect because of his high spirits and his achievements as a warrior, is so easily irritated, and carries his own self regard so close to the surface, that his needling of Glendower although deserved seem pointless, rash and injudicious It may, in fact, prove fatal, since Glendower fails to come to Hotspur s aid when most needed a dereliction perhaps precipitated by the younger man s abrasive heckling Consequently, although we like Hotspur at the end of the scene as much as we liked him at the beginning, we respect him a good deal less Contrast with this the Hal Falstaff exchanges Hal, already characterized as a wastrel, punctures Falstaff s pomposity with such a controlled attack of pointed wit that we begin to admire him for his discipline at least in conversation , and sense that there may beto him than appears on the surface In addition, Falstaff unlike the humorless Glendower is a worthy opponent, filled with wit and self awareness, and the fact that Hal canthan hold his own and keep his temper too suggests a self awareness, a deliberately cultivated distance from his degraded surroundings, that prepares us for his eventual transformation just as much as his soliloquy about the sun.The other parallel between plays is closer, but certainly less important Lady Percy, in her attempts to gain information about the coming rebellion, delivers a speech that is very much like Portia s speech to Brutus in similar circumstances Their conduct afterwards, though, is different Portia the stoic Roman cuts herself in the thigh to prove her ability to keep a secret, but Lady Percy a hardy warrior s bride tries to break her husband s little finger and force him to talk Like I said, this isn t that important, but it is interesting how a great dramatist can use similar materials in support of very different effects Speaking overall, I am once again astonished by the great command of voices that Shakespeare demonstrates in this play Hotspur, Falstaff, Glendower, Hal and Mistress Quickly all use language in very distinctive ways, and even the casual conversation of the servants in the stable yard is vivid and characteristic I am also impressed with the expert and seamless blending of poetry with prose, history with comedy, rhetoric with wit.By the time he wrote Henry IV, Shakespeare could not only do it all, but he knew exactly how and when to mix it up This is indisputably the work of a master


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    King Henry IV, Part 1 Wars of the Roses, 2 , William ShakespeareKing Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play, by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597 It is the second play in Shakespeare s tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV two plays, including Henry IV, Part 2 , and Henry V King Henry IV, Part 1 depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur s battle at Homildon in Northumberland against Douglas late in 1402 and ends with th King Henry IV, Part 1 Wars of the Roses, 2 , William ShakespeareKing Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play, by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597 It is the second play in Shakespeare s tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV two plays, including Henry IV, Part 2 , and Henry V King Henry IV, Part 1 depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur s battle at Homildon in Northumberland against Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of the rebels at Shrewsbury in the middle of 1403 From the start it has been an extremely popular play both with the public and critics 1989 1367 242 1367 1413 16


  3. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    After Richard II, this is the second episode of Shakespeare s major Histories the events that will lead up to the Wars of the Roses This play is not so much about Bolingbroke Henry IV, as it is the first of a vast trilogy on Prince Hal Henry V from Eastcheap to Azincourt The first part of Henry IV tells the events of the rebellion of the barons, following the lead of young Harry Percy, against the king they initially placed on the throne of England Simultaneously, it is also a captivating After Richard II, this is the second episode of Shakespeare s major Histories the events that will lead up to the Wars of the Roses This play is not so much about Bolingbroke Henry IV, as it is the first of a vast trilogy on Prince Hal Henry V from Eastcheap to Azincourt The first part of Henry IV tells the events of the rebellion of the barons, following the lead of young Harry Percy, against the king they initially placed on the throne of England Simultaneously, it is also a captivating and cheeky chiaroscuro on the low ranking people, the nobodies, living in a dodgy tavern, at the same time as the king and nobility It is, to my knowledge, the first time Shakespeare includes the commoners to such a large extent, into one of his history plays, and it is brilliant.It is probably the endearing relationship between Prince Hal and John Falstaff, at the start, that makes this one of my favourite plays of William Shakespeare It is difficult to explain in rational terms what makes this odd friendship and, especially, Falstaff a chronic liar, drunkard and thief , one of the sweetest, most memorable, most human, most touching characters of all literature Only a couple other friendships between two men come to mind as energetically and emotionally as these two Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, and maybe Tintin and Capitaine Haddock I even suspect that Falstaff directly inspired Haddock, both divine drunkards and hilarious insults mongers The end of Act V, when Harry pays homage to his foe Hotspur, and wrongly believes his gargantuan friend dead on the battlefield which was probably intended as a comical scene always makes my eyes water.However, things take a very different turn after the battle of Shrewsbury Stay tuned, review to be continued in Henry IV, Part 2


  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    How hard it must be to fight an enemy you admire how hard it must be to realise your enemy is a stronger, and perhapsworthy, man than your son, and how great it must be to realise that you are such a hypocritical fool, and that your son isthan you ever dreamed But first, you must lament your heir to your advisors, clearly a great move Yea, there thou mak st me sad and mak st me sin In envy that my Lord Northumberland Should be the father to so blest a son A son who is the theme of How hard it must be to fight an enemy you admire how hard it must be to realise your enemy is a stronger, and perhapsworthy, man than your son, and how great it must be to realise that you are such a hypocritical fool, and that your son isthan you ever dreamed But first, you must lament your heir to your advisors, clearly a great move Yea, there thou mak st me sad and mak st me sin In envy that my Lord Northumberland Should be the father to so blest a son A son who is the theme of honour s tongue, Amongst a grove the very straightest plant, Who is sweet Fortune s minion and her pride Whilst I, by looking on the praise of him See riot and dishonor stain the brow Of my young Harry O, that it could be proved That some night tripping fairy had exchanged In cradle clothes our children where they lay, And called mine Percy, his Plantagenet Henry Bolingbroke is a man with daemons He won his crown on the back of a rebellion, and here he is many years later crushing a rebellion himself There s some irony in here Shakespeare does love to point out a good hypocrite In the rebellious Hotspur King Henry clearly sees part of himself, and in his son he sees a foe he vanquished many years before The ineffectual Richard II has come to haunt he him he doesn t want to see England fall under such negligent rule ever again So he is a man most divided The choice he makes is the only one he could make He puts his faith in his son and because of this the young Henry meets the challenge with vigour and character I d argue he didn t even know he possessed The young Henry, Hal to his friends, doesn t take life too seriously He spends his days drinking, pranking and bantering with an old knight named Sir John Fallstaff, and this lead to some of the best moments of the play The two in a metatheatrical moment, a mini play within a play, act out a scene of King and Prince Fallstaff rather hilariously, whilst pretending to be Henry IV, gives young Hal some advice about his drunken friend No, my good lord, banish Peto, banish Bardolph, banish Poins, but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and thereforevaliant being, as he is, old Jack Falstaff, Banish not him thy Harry s company, Banish not him thy Harry s company Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world.Thus history becomes part comedy, and Shakespeare as always demonstrates how versatile a dramatist he was Language becomes a clear distinction between the high born characters and the low This is no Richard II where commoners are spouting out verse In here there is a clear distinction between who is educated and who isn t The commoners speak in prose The lord s in verse Young Hal can do a little bit of both He has the ability to bond with the lowborn and the high born because of this, which is just a slight foreshadowing of the loyalty he will command one day A good King knows how to communicate with his subjects not just the other rulers of the land, just a bit of subtlety from the bard Honour as well becomes a subject of much contention What is honour Is it personal integrity or is it loyalty to your King, and perhaps those you love Indeed, honour becomes a subjective principle, one that means different things to each individual For the King it is his need to protect his realm, for Hotspur it is personal integrity, and for Hal it is duty Fallstaff s honour, which is something easily debatable, is his love for his prince His dialogue speaks otherwise, but his actions, though a little bit stupid, felt rather devoted at points even if they were also self serving As with all of Shakespeare s plays, watching a good version really helps I like to read the play once, go watch an adaption, and then read the play again It just adds another level to it I did quite like this play, but I much preferred Richard II The language in that play was pure poetry, and I much prefer tragedy to comedy


  5. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    The introduction of the old, lecherous Oldcastle later renamed Falstaff due to complaints from the real Oldcastle family was a real pleasure here He offered a comedic respite to the bloodshed and politic intrigues which the Bard was describing from the later years of Henry IV s reign after his coup d etat of Richard II One of the interesting aspects was the conflict between Henry IV and his son Hal, the future Henry V At one point the father wishes that Hotspur, of the rival camp, was actua The introduction of the old, lecherous Oldcastle later renamed Falstaff due to complaints from the real Oldcastle family was a real pleasure here He offered a comedic respite to the bloodshed and politic intrigues which the Bard was describing from the later years of Henry IV s reign after his coup d etat of Richard II One of the interesting aspects was the conflict between Henry IV and his son Hal, the future Henry V At one point the father wishes that Hotspur, of the rival camp, was actually his son Meanwhile, Hal loves to mess around with Falstaff The thieves have bound the true men Now could thou and I rob the thieves and go merrily to London, it would be argument for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest forever Henry IV Part 1, Act 2 scene iiHowever, near the end Hal saves his father s life on his road to redemption which completes in Henry IV Part 2 and they are reconciled Stay and breathe awhile.Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinionAnd showed thou mak st some tender of my lifeIn this fair rescue thou hast brought to meHenry IV Part 1, Act 5, scene ivOverall, the speeches were for me a bit less memorable than those in Shakespeare s play of Richard II, and yet the piece is full of action Thoroughly enjoyable, but go I now onwards hence Henry IV Part II my ignoble soul awaits.Highly recommended The Hollow Crown, S01E02 with Tom Hiddleston as Hal and Joe Anderson as Hotspur was really good The battle of Shrewsbury was well shot The Falstaff Oldstone plot provides comic relief as Simon Russell Beale s protrayal is both pathetic and moving at times I never had all that much affinity for the old lecher, but it sets up the drama in Henry IV Part 2 to see Hal and Falstaff imitating Henry IV and the Hal in the barroom scene


  6. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    While William Shakespeare s Henry IV, Part 1 is a different experience than Richard II, it is a fantastic play The action picks up shortly after the conclusion of Richard II after Bolingbroke has deposed the now dead Richard and become King Henry It still has a serious side, but this play subverts the legitimacy of the monarchy by the ways it uses language It does this most effectively by its depiction of the heir to the throne, Prince Henry known as Hal and his debased and disgraced comp While William Shakespeare s Henry IV, Part 1 is a different experience than Richard II, it is a fantastic play The action picks up shortly after the conclusion of Richard II after Bolingbroke has deposed the now dead Richard and become King Henry It still has a serious side, but this play subverts the legitimacy of the monarchy by the ways it uses language It does this most effectively by its depiction of the heir to the throne, Prince Henry known as Hal and his debased and disgraced compatriot, Sir John Falstaff and the juxtaposition of their comic mocking with the serious business of state Throughout the play, honor is associated with the morality of leadership On that score, rather than a drunk or vagabond, Falstaff asserts his honor, There lives not three good men unhanged in England, and one of them is fat and grows old Falstaff, Act 2 Scene 4 Hal answers playacting as his father with little sentimentality or seeming affection, That trunk of humours, that bolting hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with the pudding in his belly, that reverend Vice, that grey Iniquity, that father Ruffian, that Vanity in years Prince Henry, Act 2 Scene 4 Hal s association with Falstaff and his rag tag crew belies his own moral authority When Hal suggests banishing Falstaff, Falstaff answers that this would be harmful to the prince, No, my good lord, banish Peto, banish Bardolph, banish Poins, but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and thereforevaliant, being as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him thy Harry s company, banish not him thy Harry s company Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world Falstaff, Act 2, Scene 4 Falstaff is a teacher or mentor of sorts, but he also represents the recklessness of Hal s youth Prince Hal is capable of holding court over the debauched in the seedier sides of London, but is he capable of assuming his rightful place as the king of England This is one of Shakespeare s great plays


  7. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the DevilWilliam Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1Falstaff Yes, I knew who he was But until this year my exposure to Falstaff was mainly second hand, through books that spoke of him I hadn t touched any of Shakespeare s histories I m not counting Julius Caesar, etc., as a history and so was surprised at just how much I liked this character There are plays where the character and the play are equally matched Othello, Hamlet, etc , but there arO, while you live, tell truth, and shame the DevilWilliam Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1Falstaff Yes, I knew who he was But until this year my exposure to Falstaff was mainly second hand, through books that spoke of him I hadn t touched any of Shakespeare s histories I m not counting Julius Caesar, etc., as a history and so was surprised at just how much I liked this character There are plays where the character and the play are equally matched Othello, Hamlet, etc , but there are those plays where the character seems to float beyond the play Henry IV, Part I seems like one of those The play was great I enjoyed it But every time Falstaff arrived it seemed to jump up a level It was certainly not a play where Falstaff played a central role Obviously, Henry, Prince of Wales plays that part and he is fascinating himself but Falstaff just dervishes around the play making everything better Breathing color and dynamics into every scene he is a part of And he doesn t do it through and other worldliness He does it through his humanity, his base motives, and his complicated affections There is no doubt that Henry loves Falstaff and that Falstaff loves Henry, but it is also clear that they are both using each other and KNOW the other is using them It is perfect.And the lines Some of Shakespeare s great lines and great musings jump energetically from Falstaff s lipsWell, tis no matter honour pricks me on Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I come on How then Can honour set to a leg No Or an arm No Or take away the grief of a wound No Honour hath no skill in surgery, then No What is honour A word What is in that word honour What is that honour Air A trim reckoning Who hath it He that died o Wednesday Doth he feel it No Doth he hear it No Tis insensible then Yea, to the dead But will it not live with the living No Why Detraction will not suffer it Therefore I ll none of it Honour is a mere scutcheon And so ends my catechism


  8. Bradley Bradley says:

    Still one of my most favorite histories, or at least part one of perhaps three Our favorite wastrel, Prince Henry, Hal to his friends, a drunkard, a thief, the bosom buddy of dear fat old Falstaff, hides his bright sun behind vile clouds so as to shine all the brighter when his day finally arrives.In here, of course, we establish the lout with a sharp mind and careful cunning, dissembling for all to see but careful of the long game When his his father sore needs his son s aid, Hal comes to Still one of my most favorite histories, or at least part one of perhaps three Our favorite wastrel, Prince Henry, Hal to his friends, a drunkard, a thief, the bosom buddy of dear fat old Falstaff, hides his bright sun behind vile clouds so as to shine all the brighter when his day finally arrives.In here, of course, we establish the lout with a sharp mind and careful cunning, dissembling for all to see but careful of the long game When his his father sore needs his son s aid, Hal comes to the rescue, throwing off all such base clouds, or as little as need be, to ensure both his father and the close court of his worthiness, and he does so with flying colors, killing the most worthy night in England, the poor Percy of the Hot Blood, and so restoring both his honor and his valor in both word and deed.This, of course, is just the prelude The foreshadowing The stage upon such things as the Ides of March are set Ever since I first read this, I ve always called such low tides in men The Hal Effect Let no one expect shit of thee, and when the time draws neigh, toot your horn and shock the living hell out of them Seriously, Shakespeare Who knew that when Will Shook his Spear, he d ever have so much to say


  9. Aishu Rehman Aishu Rehman says:

    I really do not like Shakespeare I find him rather vulgar and his humor is not the kind that good jokes should be made of John Falstaff, in this play, was a fun and ridiculous character He was, perhaps, meant to portray all the people who make themselves seem better than they really are, which I think Shakespeare did cleverly So I guess if you like Shakespeare, you might as well check this one out It s a quick read with funny characters.


  10. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    Food for powder, food for powder They ll fill a pit as well as better. This is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare s strongest plays In tone and atmosphere it is farvaried and naturalistic than its predecessor, Richard II The scenes with Hal amid the low life of London are fetching, and do much to alleviate the stiff and stuffy courtly atmosphere of some of Shakespeare s histories The comedy also helps and this play contains some of Shakespeare s highest and lowest comedy, both of which Food for powder, food for powder They ll fill a pit as well as better. This is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare s strongest plays In tone and atmosphere it is farvaried and naturalistic than its predecessor, Richard II The scenes with Hal amid the low life of London are fetching, and do much to alleviate the stiff and stuffy courtly atmosphere of some of Shakespeare s histories The comedy also helps and this play contains some of Shakespeare s highest and lowest comedy, both of which are embodied in the corpulent Falstaff.Most readers will, I suspect, concur with Harold Bloom in deeming Falstaff one of the bard s great creations though we may not go so far as to put him on a level with Hamlet Bloom is correct, however, in seeing one s opinion of Falstaff as a defining fact in one s interpretation of the play There are those who see in Falstaff the spirit of carnival the ecstatic embrace of all the pleasures of life and the total rejection of all the hypocrisies of society Others see Falstaff as a corrupter and a lout a lazy and selfish fool.For my part I vacillate between these two attitudes There is no denying Falstaff s wit and his soliloquy on the futility of honor is wonderfully refreshing, puncturing through all of the political nonsense that motivates the bloody clashes Still, I cannot help thinking that, if the Falstaffian attitude were embraced too widely, society itself would be impossible Some social restraint on our pleasure loving instincts is necessary if we are not to end up fat drunken thieves On the other hand, a generous dose of the Falstaffian attitude can be a great antidote to the self righteous nonsense that leads us into war In any case, Falstaff is not the only great character in this play Hotspur is a mass of furious energy, an electrifying presence every time he is on stage Prince Hal, though less charismatic, iscomplex From the start, he already has an ambivalent relationship with Falstaff, a kind of icy affection or warm disregard Indeed, Hal holds everyone at a distance, and one senses a skeptical intelligence that is wary of committing until the circumstances are just right It is hard to read his character s evolution as that of a wayward youth who learns to embrace his identity His actions seem far too deliberate, his timing too perfect Was he hoping to learn something by keeping company with Falstaff and his lot


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