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In Shakespeares Henry IV Part One honour is seen throughout the entire play It is seen in Prince Henry nicknamed Hal In his soliloquy he tells the readers that he will change his ignoble ways to be more like a true Prince Honour can also be seen in Hotspur he is willing to do anything for it even at the cost of his own life Falstaff views honour as just another word and those who strive for it just their time Honour can cause death and drastic change in a person but to some it has no meaning to effect Honour is a virtue coveted by all men they are willing to die for it change themselves to attain it but again to some its nothing but a word Hal in the beginning of the play can be described as an irresponsible an ignoble and a discreditable PrinceKing Henry wishes that his son were Hotspur instead of Hal Hotspur being very courageous trustworthy honourable and yearns for battle A son who is the theme of Honours tongue Amongst a grove the very straightest plan Who is sweet fortunes minion and her pride Whilst I by looking on the praise of him See riot and dishonour stain the brow Of my young Harry Othat it could be proved that some night-tripping fairy had exchanged in cradles clothes our children where they lay And called min Percy his Plantagenet Then would I have his Harry and his mine I ii 80-89 While Hal is wastes his time with vulgar company with the likes of Falstaff Poins and others at the Eastcheap Tavern In this soliloquy I know you all and will awhile uphold The unyoked humor of your idleness Yet herin will I imitate the sun Who doth permit the base contagious clouds To smother yp this beauty from
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