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Sunrise Sunset In Shakespeares play Henry IV part 1 there is a contrast established between a bloody rebellion and drunken frivolity which establishes the question of the play honor in death or cowardice in life Their are several contrasting characters and events which help to establish this question the foils are Prince Hal to Hotspur Falstaff to King Henry and the robbing of crowns money or monarchy Shakespeares addition of the Falstaff scenes to the story of the rebellion is an effective way to create laughter and life in the play and to establish the contrast between honor and enjoyment of life The contrast between these groups of men is like the contrast between night and day In Act 1 Scene 2 Falstaff argues for the men of night let not us that are squires of the nights body be called thieves of the days beauty let us be Dianas foresters gentlemen of the shade minions of the moon and let men say we be men of good government as the sea is by our noble and chaste mistress the moon under whose countenance we steal ln 19-24 Falstaff is arguing that the men of night should be judged by the rules and standards of the night and not by those of the day This plea shows the central issue of the play honor in death or frivolous cowardice in life Though Henry and Hotspur are bitter enemies and Falstaff and Hal are comical ones both pairings of men have a father-son relationship Until the final act of the play Hal is estranged from his father because of his reputation as a thief and a drunkard Without Henry as an active father Hals role model of sorts is Falstaff Like any son Hal follows Falstaffs example robbing and drinking but would deny any association between his acts and Falstaffs When he was younger he would rob with Falstaff follow Falstaffs example but when he
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