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One of the most important aspects of 1 Henry IV is the development and transgressions of Hal who is the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne The plays focus on the family reminds us that the struggles England endured through its growth were largely struggles inside the royal family Hals character is at a point where he is unable to define who he will be a responsible part of the monarch as his father would like to see or a rogue as is John Falstaff Throughout the play the prince keeps company with Falstaff who is indeed a knight but hardly acts as one would hope He lies robs travellers and frequents the bar and whorehouse owned by Mistress Quickly By scene iv of the fifth act it is clear that the Prince will fulfil his role and embrace his noble birth by standing with his father to fight against the rebels At the end of the battle Hal makes it clear to himself but also to Falstaff that he will no longer be amongst his clan of rabble rousers Undoubtedly Prince Hal is a noble character on a small scale and as early on as the second scene in the first act he is hinting at his uncertainties about his role in the state He states So when this loose behavior I throw off and pay the debt I never promised In this loose behavior refers to his dealing with Falstaff and the low life of the tavern and the debt he never promised is upholding the lineage of the monarchy However it is not until the battle when Hal puts his selfish albeit true loyalty behind him and defends his father who is being attacked by Douglas Although he does not kill Douglas Hal shows that he has become a man of honour and dignity His father recognises this In this fair rescue thou hast brought to mesome
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