scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,386
The second set of history plays which precede the first four in historical date but proceed them in writing date offer a fascinating character study of what it means to be king They share with the audience and reader alike the lives of three kings of England Richard II Henry IV and Henry V When Richard II opens we are set upon with a king too concerned with worldly possessions fashion and cronies and not nearly focused enough on his own monarchial duties He is disconnected with the common man and this makes it very easy for Henry Bolingbroke to usurp him Bolingbroke does just that and the first comparison of kings can be drawn Richard is a poet and uses highly stylized poetry throughout the play to express himself In fact he seems to use his poetry to pretend his problems do not exist a theme that was used when first Bolingbroke was banished from England Bolingbroke now Henry IV is quite different He is a pragmatist and refuses to see the world through the rose colored glasses of his cousin and predecessor He also shows that he is at least on the surface more connected with the people and has their favor Thus it was fairly easy for him to sway the current nobility to his cause and take the throne In I Henry IV Henry shows guilt He is saddened with the way he gained the throne He also starts to show that he too is consumed with worldly things he wishes to wage war Later he would try to repent by joining the crusade but would die before this dream was realized He must stave off constant civil war and becomes quite miserable and old before his time It is in this play we are first introduced to Hal Henry IVs son Hal is impetuous in his youth and associates with a crowd composed of brigands highwaymen thieves and whores He
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA