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Henry IV Part 1 William Shakespeares Henry IV Part 1 is a historical depiction of King Henry IVs struggle to maintain his kingdom and win back a son that has forgotten all responsibility and stature with wasting time with the local commoners His son Prince Henry has put off his future destiny as king but as he explains in the opening scenes he knows that he must put away this life to one-day answer the call as king In this historical play Shakespeare develops his characters and creates the fictional dialogue between these historical characters However Shakespeare does not leave out his usual twist and turns side stories and his underlying commentary on class struggle that brings to life a piece of history The book focuses on two opposing characters Prince Henry and Hotspur The tension between these characters goes mostly unanswered through out the play until its scene where the two meet on a battlefield Prince Henry is portrayed as the peoples prince in the first few scenes of the play His character is light hearted forgiving but still possesses power over them The commoners respect him not as just a prince but as a man who is willing to give up his noble status to enjoy himself in their company However Shakespeare includes scenes of the future Henry In one scene Henry tells all at the bar that a day will come when he must leave here to act on his natural abilities as a ruler The plays most important side story explains Henrys superior qualities but also his Meluso 2 compassion After his friends rob travelers on the road Henry then robs them and listens to each create a different story on how they lost the money This begins about a change in Prince Henry Here he comes to realize that this way of life is not honorable and he must move to his rightful status in his destiny Hotspur cleverly
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