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  1. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    This is chillier world than the first part of Henry IV, lacking in both its good humor and its generosity Falstaff is not nearly so funny apart from Hal, Prince John is a much icier foil than the mercurial Hotspur, and Hal himself whom we wish to like makes himself disagreeable by stealing his dying father s crown and snubbing the fat knight we love Yet Shakespeare, by subtle degrees, leads us to the point where we come to admire Hal and believe in his moral transformation Images of gestati This is chillier world than the first part of Henry IV, lacking in both its good humor and its generosity Falstaff is not nearly so funny apart from Hal, Prince John is a much icier foil than the mercurial Hotspur, and Hal himself whom we wish to like makes himself disagreeable by stealing his dying father s crown and snubbing the fat knight we love Yet Shakespeare, by subtle degrees, leads us to the point where we come to admire Hal and believe in his moral transformation Images of gestation and generation abound in this very masculine play, demonstrating how many unlooked for things may grow within the womb of time, how even the most dissolute of princes may mature into a great warrior king


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Henry IV, Part 2 Wars of the Roses, 3 , William ShakespeareHenry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599 It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V The play is often seen as an extension of aspects of Henry IV, Part 1, rather than a straightforward continuation of the historical narrative, placingemphasis on the highly popular character of Falstaff and introducing other co Henry IV, Part 2 Wars of the Roses, 3 , William ShakespeareHenry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599 It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V The play is often seen as an extension of aspects of Henry IV, Part 1, rather than a straightforward continuation of the historical narrative, placingemphasis on the highly popular character of Falstaff and introducing other comic figures as part of his entourage, including Ancient Pistol, Doll Tearsheet and Justice Robert Shallow Several scenes specifically parallel episodes in Part 1 1989 1367 229 1367 1413 16


  3. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    In Henry IV, Part 1, Prince Hal was for the most part in a rebellion against his father and his noble calling, and spent his time in the cesspools of London with his friends, the beer bellied Falstaff and the rest of the prostitutes and hoodies Here, in Part 2, the rebellions against the ever sickly King are gradually petering out, both on the battlefields of England and inside the head of the prodigal son, Prince Hal The old debauched and heart warming friendship between the Prince and Falsta In Henry IV, Part 1, Prince Hal was for the most part in a rebellion against his father and his noble calling, and spent his time in the cesspools of London with his friends, the beer bellied Falstaff and the rest of the prostitutes and hoodies Here, in Part 2, the rebellions against the ever sickly King are gradually petering out, both on the battlefields of England and inside the head of the prodigal son, Prince Hal The old debauched and heart warming friendship between the Prince and Falstaff seems to have cooled off quite a bit, and the larger than life knight of Eastcheap is fading into the enormous and slightly unpalatable gyp that he is By the end of this coming of age play, Prince Hal sheds his skin and, without much soul searching, symbolically kills his father figures both King Henry IV and Sir John Falstaff.This Part 2 is darker and drier than Part 1 If Shakespeare is an ocean, this play is indeed a low tide, especially Act III and the dull, slightly condescending and rather insubstantial conscription scene with Shallow and Silence However, some parts are still memorable, like the apology of wine at the end of IV,2, or the long dialogue between the King and the Prince in IV,3 An interesting aspect in this scene is the image of the dying king, sleeping with his crown on his pillow, when it is quite clear that the crown like the deep well of Richard II, or like the magic rings of Sauron or Alberich if you will is an ever staring eye that robs sleep from those who wear it, drives them mad, makes them abjure their old friends and slaughter their kin case in point, Harry himself who, at his coronation, suddenly rejects the anarchic Falstaff the shocking I know thee not, old man in V,5 and embraces the authoritarian Chief Justice instead However,to come on that topic, as the Histories progress and we move on towards the heroic masterpiece, Henry V


  4. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    The threat of social disorder swirls around William Shakespeare s Henry IV, Part 2 War of the Roses 3 The threat comes in many forms Most outwardly, it s a rebellion led by nobles who have never really accepted the legitimacy of King Henry IV s monarchy As a further representation of a disruption of that order, King Henry is dying Legitimacy of any succession must be conferred along with a recognition of the natural order, but is Prince Hal up to the job Northumberland poignantly draws a The threat of social disorder swirls around William Shakespeare s Henry IV, Part 2 War of the Roses 3 The threat comes in many forms Most outwardly, it s a rebellion led by nobles who have never really accepted the legitimacy of King Henry IV s monarchy As a further representation of a disruption of that order, King Henry is dying Legitimacy of any succession must be conferred along with a recognition of the natural order, but is Prince Hal up to the job Northumberland poignantly draws attention to this drama at the beginning of the play Let heaven kiss earth Now let not Nature s handKeep the wild flood confined Let order die And let this world no longer be a stageTo feed contention in a ling ring act.But let one spirit of the first born Cain Reign in all bosoms, that each heart being set On bloody courses, the rude scene may end, And darkness be the burier of the dead Northumberland, Act 1 Scene 1 I love how evocative Shakespeare s language is Once again, even though he is older and possiblydebauched than he was in Part 1, Falstaff is a central figure in this conflict He is a friend of Prince Hal and a symbol of Hal s youth When Hal takes up the mantle of the monarchy after his father dies and thus becomes King Henry V , he rejects Falstaff as something antithetical to this order His condemnation is also a rejection of the freedom he once had when he was a youth He tells a praising Falstaff, Presume not that I am the thing I was King Henry V, Act 5 Scene 5 Does the newly crowned King Henry no longer have any affection for his former friend As always, there is no simple answer to such questions


  5. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Virtue is chok d with foul ambitionWilliam Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1I was recently at a book signing for Don Winslow s new book The Force and he brought up his life long fascination with Shakespeare and how the Godfather books movies at least the first two are basically a retelling of Shakespeare s Henry IV with the moral poles flipped with Al Pacino playing Hal and Diane Keaton as a gender bent Falstaff I can run with that Anyway, Henry IV, Part 2 is fantastic ItVirtue is chok d with foul ambitionWilliam Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1I was recently at a book signing for Don Winslow s new book The Force and he brought up his life long fascination with Shakespeare and how the Godfather books movies at least the first two are basically a retelling of Shakespeare s Henry IV with the moral poles flipped with Al Pacino playing Hal and Diane Keaton as a gender bent Falstaff I can run with that Anyway, Henry IV, Part 2 is fantastic It is less playful than Henry IV, Part 1 and the comic role of Falstaff drops an octave into tragicomedy Falstaff still possesses a comedic greatness to him, but he has suddenly seen his relationship with Hal changed at the end as Hal puts away childish things and takes up the mantle and crown of his father One of my favorite of Shakespeare s Histories right there with Richard III It is a mature and serious play Youth s sandbox has been replaced with the battlefield and folly has been replaced with responsibility.Favorite linesRumour is a pipeBlown by surmises, jealousies, conjecturesAnd of so easy and so plain a stopThat the blunt monster with uncounted heads,The still discordant wavering multitude,Can play upon itPrologue, Scene 1I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other menAct I, Scene 2I were better to be eaten to death with a rust, than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motionAct I, Scene 2A good wit will make use of anything I will turn diseases to commodityAct I, Scene 2By my troth, I care not a man can die but once we owe God a death and let it go which way it will he that dies this year is quit for the nextAct 3, Scene 2CommitThe oldest sins the newest kind of waysAct 4, Scene 4


  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    I can t consider these plays as solitary occasions I m all teary eyed.Who knew I could shed tears for poor old Falstaff, even now I mean, sure, he s a fool and a rascal and incorrigible, but at the core of it, he and Hal were friends, weren t they And yet, even while I hate Hal a little for his decision, I love him all thefor it and everything else Truly, he was the best king Not only very aware of his audience, but always playing to every side, learning the craft of people and of hard I can t consider these plays as solitary occasions I m all teary eyed.Who knew I could shed tears for poor old Falstaff, even now I mean, sure, he s a fool and a rascal and incorrigible, but at the core of it, he and Hal were friends, weren t they And yet, even while I hate Hal a little for his decision, I love him all thefor it and everything else Truly, he was the best king Not only very aware of his audience, but always playing to every side, learning the craft of people and of hard decisions.Then again, he s always known about hard decisions and all of this couldn t have beenstudied and careful Even his jests boast of tactical genius Fanboy Yeah I am Of a character lolStill, it was a rather heart wrenching scene with the prince and his father at the end sniffle Sorry I just love these plays so much


  7. Trish Trish says:

    The groundwork for this play that is full of morale and still some comic relief was given in the first part As I said, there was a lot of history to tell so Shakespeare divided it up.In this 2nd part, the battle of Shrewsbury is over, Hotspur is dead, Hal King Henry IV s son returns victorious This part definitely focuses on Hal and his further passage from scandalous young bloke to a man of honour and it is about Falstaff and how he falls from grace This last bit can be seen most clearly The groundwork for this play that is full of morale and still some comic relief was given in the first part As I said, there was a lot of history to tell so Shakespeare divided it up.In this 2nd part, the battle of Shrewsbury is over, Hotspur is dead, Hal King Henry IV s son returns victorious This part definitely focuses on Hal and his further passage from scandalous young bloke to a man of honour and it is about Falstaff and how he falls from grace This last bit can be seen most clearly because Hal and Falstaff have almost no time together Instead, the play is divided into the part showing Falstaff who is still a petty criminal despite his vow in the previous play and the part of the prince Falstaff s age is shown time and time again together with an ominous illness that somehow mirrors the nearing death of Henry IV himself Falstaff mentions it once Falstaff is behaving worse and worse or maybe just as bad as before but it is in stark contrast of the new Hal but when he speaks ill of the prince who hears him he tries to make amends by helping against a new rebellion The other part shows Hal still being a disappointment to his father and it is Hal s brother John who takes care of the new rebellion mentioned above not by battle Then, the king falls ill and seems to die, there is quite some father son drama but before Henry IV actually dies, they make up.In the final scene, the two story lines meet because Falstaff, hearing Hal is king, travels to London in hopes of money In fact, it appears that all lowlives thought they d thrive under Hal s reign but quickly learn that they were very wrong.At the end, there is even an epilogue, a 4th wall breach, that informs us of a soon to come new play in which Falstaff shall die and which I think is funny that his character was not based on a rebel called Sir John Oldcastle apparently an anti Catholic who nevertheless died a martyr so his descendents were outraged at the possible connection.Shakespeare again managed to bring a lot to the page stage with this play I think this was less humorous than the first part except for the epilogue but I might be the only one finding that funny but still very good It being less humorous might have been because Shakespeare wanted to drive home the morale a bitstrongly this time after all, a king dies I was somewhat disappointed about Hal still being a disappointment to his father but an immediate change might have been less realistic and might have prevented the great climax when Henry IV dies


  8. Roy Lotz Roy Lotz says:

    Presume not that I am the thing I was. Compared with Part 1, this sequel is significantly weaker as a stand alone play There is no antagonist to compare with Hotspur Falstaff wanders about in pointless merrymaking, mostly separated from Hal and unfortunately his wit is not nearly so sharp outside of his young companion s company The same can be said for Hal, whose youthful liveliness fades into a chilling uprightness And the plot can be frustratingly meandering and abrupt The main drama Presume not that I am the thing I was. Compared with Part 1, this sequel is significantly weaker as a stand alone play There is no antagonist to compare with Hotspur Falstaff wanders about in pointless merrymaking, mostly separated from Hal and unfortunately his wit is not nearly so sharp outside of his young companion s company The same can be said for Hal, whose youthful liveliness fades into a chilling uprightness And the plot can be frustratingly meandering and abrupt The main drama of this play is the progression of Hal from prodigal son to the ideal young king This transformation is apt to cause some misgivings On the one hand, I found it genuinely admirable when Hal commends the Justice and bids him to do his work And even if one loves Falstaff, it is difficult to wish that the King of England would keep such a lawless fellow around, much less lend him influence On the other hand, the newly ascended king s rejection of his former friend and mentor is deeply sad Perhaps he should have turned Falstaff away, but it need not have been with such cold scorn.Again, there is a moral conflict here Falstaff may best be described as amoral uninhibited, pleasure loving, devoid of both cruelty and rectitude He feels no scruples whatsoever at dishonesty and robbery, and acknowledges no ideal as worth pursuing or even respecting Hal, by contrast, is a moral creature he wishes to uphold the moral order, but for him this may mean murder or bloody conquest So one must ask Which is better, to be a drunken pickpocket or to lead your country on an invasion Neither the socially subversive nor the socially upstanding can be fully embraced, which is why Hal s rejection of Falstaff causes such complex reactions


  9. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    The prodigal prince returns15 May 2013 In the particular edition of this play that I read the editors included and essay by Harold Jenkins not that that name means anything to me about whether Henry IV is two five act plays or one ten act play Personally I don t care either way and would really not want to write a major thesis on that particular point, but that is probably because there is so muchwith regards to Shakespearian plays, such as the nature of the human condition, and also th The prodigal prince returns15 May 2013 In the particular edition of this play that I read the editors included and essay by Harold Jenkins not that that name means anything to me about whether Henry IV is two five act plays or one ten act play Personally I don t care either way and would really not want to write a major thesis on that particular point, but that is probably because there is so muchwith regards to Shakespearian plays, such as the nature of the human condition, and also the nature of political revolt, that I consider that an essay on whether two plays are one or one play is two is probably just a waste of my time Then again, each to his own, and if this is what interests Jenkins then who am I to criticise him Anyhow, my position with regards to that question is that it is neither because I actually see it as one forty act play beginning with Richard II and ending with Richard III that has been split into eight parts that, in a sense, each can stand on their own as individual plays I recently saw this play performed in Sydney by the Bell Shakespeare Company which is probably the leading Shakespearian theatre group in Australia and they had performed the two plays as an amalgamation, however since the entire performance was a little under three hours excluding the twenty minute interlude there was a number of scenes that had been dropped, and I suspect most of them were from the second play the rebellion of Northumberland and the Archbishop Scroop was not included, despite the scene where Falstaff examining troops with Justices Swallow and Silence being included The play itself, as with most Shakespearian performances these days, had been brought into the modern setting with the nobility dressed in suits and the scenes in Eastcheap done as if it were in a modern Australian pub Falstaff himself did change his style in this play going from being littlethan a bum to being a well dressed bum, however that had something to do with his elevation from being a trouble maker to a knight in the second play What I didn t notice in the first play but did notice this time was that Falstaff actually claims the credit for killing Hotspur We know that Hal kills Hotspur, but leaves the scene before anybody can confirm the kill, and Falstaff, who had been playing dead for most of the battle which is not surprising then gets up and puts a knife in Hotspur s body and claims the kill As such, when the King enters the scene, he immediately strips Hal of the kill and awards it to Falstaff Now this is actually an important event, especially for those who claim that Hal s return to his wild ways in the second part is inconsistent with the first part where he goes from being a tavern rat to being an honourable battlefield commander Firstly, Hal is quite bitter at the award for killing Hotspur going to Falstaff on the grounds that he knows that Falstaff is a liar, a cheat, and incredibly lazy as well as being a coward In fact, in the second play Falstaff and Hal only encounter each other twice, and where the only change in Falstaff is his title, Hal s attitude has changed dramatically In fact of both times that Hal and Falstaff meet, the former is rebuking the latter the first time is where Hal masquarades as a servant boy to listen to what Falstaff says about him when he is not around, and the second is during the coronation parade when Falstaff foolishly expects that Hal will turn England into a thieves paradise In a way the play of Henry IV in two parts is not so much about the redemption of a wayward child though in some aspects it is but rather about a boy s journey into adulthood By the second part, Hal has already been redeemed the prodigal son has returned and he is not going out again The only reason he returns to Eastcheap is to see if Falstaff himself has changed, but that is not going to happen Shakespeare is too realistic with his characters, and it is clear that Falstaff is simply too old to be able to break away from a lifetime of bad habits It is interesting too that even though Falstaff does not appear in Henry V, many of the other companions from Eastcheap do and form a part of the irregular army Once again, Hal, in the next play, puts on a disguise and goes and mingles with them, but this time he does not reveal himself, he just listens In Henry V we learn of Falstaff s fate in Act 2, Scene 1, when Falstaff s page enters and tells his companions advising that he is sick as the king has broken his heart However, we never actually hear of his fate and since the fleet was setting sail to France, and since we know that Falstaff is, well, basically a coward, it is not surprising that he would be hiding under his sheets and not wanting to go and fight a real war


  10. Zachary F. Zachary F. says:

    Presume not that I am the thing I wasHal Henry V, act 5, scene 5 Looks like I spoke too soon.The first part of Henry IV shows Shakespeare really hitting his stride with the historical genre, judiciously blending comic and tragic elements to create an effective tonal ambiguity The sequel also does a lot of blending, but this time the result is less like a master artist mixing paints andlike you or me dumping produce into a Magic Bullet and hoping it comes out a smoothie There are aPresume not that I am the thing I wasHal Henry V, act 5, scene 5 Looks like I spoke too soon.The first part of Henry IV shows Shakespeare really hitting his stride with the historical genre, judiciously blending comic and tragic elements to create an effective tonal ambiguity The sequel also does a lot of blending, but this time the result is less like a master artist mixing paints andlike you or me dumping produce into a Magic Bullet and hoping it comes out a smoothie There are a lot of elements here, some of them pretty interesting on their own I loved, in a useless trivia sort of way, the weird and totally un Shakespearean intro and epilogue , but they never cohere into anythingthan a mess.Individual scenes are memorable the titular king s deathbed exchange with his son is moving, as is Hal s famous final rejection of his old friend and mentor Falstaff, and there s some good comic material too But way too much of the play is given over to long, rambling Falstaff scenes with no clear narrative throughline, intercut by the occasional weightless feeling sequence of less than intriguing political intrigue Shakespeare scholars are always trying to find ways to let Will off the hook for his weaker works , and it s been proposed that 2 Henry IV was written mainly to capitalize on the runaway popularity of the Falstaff character see also The Merry Wives of Windsor , or else that the two parts started as a single play that got out of hand Whatever the reason, though, there s really not enough substance here to justify a separate work, and it s not difficult to imagine a still good version of the first play with the salient bits of this one added in.Ah well I ve got two plays still left in the Falstaff Hal Theatrical UniverseMerry WivesandHenry V , respectively , so I guess I d better buckle in Here s hoping part two is the outlier instead of the tone setter Edit I kept thinking about this pair of plays after posting my initial review of this one, and thought maybe I should say a littleabout the content itself.For me, the most fascinating theme of the Henry IV duology is the question of Hal s growth as a character and a human being It s popular nowadays to read his arc as a coming of age tale, and interpreted in that light the plays have a certain existentialist appeal the characters who succeed are the ones who can adapt and reforge their identities Hal, and to an extent his father , while the ones who stay rooted in old habits most notably Falstaff are ultimately overcome or left in the past.But that s not the only way it can be read, and in fact Hal gives a speech towards the beginning of part one which suggests the whole thing is an act he s only playing the part of a prodigal son so that when the time comes for him to take up the mantle of kingship his subjects will be impressed by his apparent transformation From a contemporary perspective this is a less satisfying arc we want our protagonist to develop into something different, preferably something better, over time But that s a fairly modern expectation, and for every Hamlet or Macbeth Shakespeare wrote, defined and tortured by the burden of choice, there s an Iago or a Richard III who pretty much stays one thing though not without assuming other roles when it s beneficial till the end Ultimately it s up to the reader to decide what to make of it all, and, as in so much of life, it s remarkable how different things look depending on where you re standing Personally I think it s silly to act surprised that not everything the man wrote was an untouchable work of genius, seeing as he churned out something like 40 plays in two and a half decades, a third or so of them among the greatest of all time, all while being an actor and a businessman and a landowner and a husband and a father and God knows what else Surely even Shakespeare was only human.


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Henry IV, Part 2 [BOOKS] ⚣ Henry IV, Part 2 Author William Shakespeare – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV, Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule, Falstaff, against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV, Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule, Falstaff, against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court, between revelry and politics, Shakespeare probes at the sources, Henry IV, PDF or uses, and responsibilities of power as an old king dies and a young king must choose between a ruler s solemn duty and a merry but dissipated friend, Falstaff The play represents Shakespeare at the peak of his maturity in writing historical drama and comedy.

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About the Author: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare baptised April was an 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 Henry IV, PDF or works consist of plays, 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 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.