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Speech Analysis on Henry IV Part One - Act 3 Scene 2 Henry IVs lecture to Hal in 32 provides the audience with much more than an exampleof Henrys relationship with his son It also serves as an examination of the kingship and itschanging role Henrys attempts to criticize Hal inadvertently draw many parallels between himhis son and his predecessor Richard II and while he intends to reveal Hals shortcomings heprimarily reveals his own He begins by criticizing Hals choice of associates namely the rogues who inhabit thetavern He claims that if he had been close friends with such people Richard would still be Kingof England In fact he blames Richards poor choices of advisors for his downfall By flatteringRichard for their own ends instead of letting him know the true state of affairs in England theykept him oblivious to the growing dissatisfaction of the populace With shallow jesters and rash bavin wits Soon kindled and soon burnt carded his state Mingled his royalty with capring fools Had his great name profan d with their scorns And gave his countenance against his name To laugh at gibing boys and stand the push Of every beardless vain comparative 3261-67While Falstaff and his companions may be vulgar company 3241 however they are in factexactly the type of company with which Henry was associated by Richard who greatly fearedHenrys courtship to the common people Richard II 1424 Rather than avoiding people likeFalstaff he sought them out and won their hearts This disparity serves to undermine Henrysargument that Hal should separate himself from the common people as much as possible The contradiction between Henrys elevation to the throne by public opinion and hissuggestion that Hal avoid becoming involved with the lower classes can be interpreted in anumber of ways One cynical view might claim that Henry subconsciously fears his
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