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1 Henry IV AAppearance vs RealityShakespeares play Henry IV begins with a king King Henry beginning a pilgrimage after killing King Richard II Henry believes that by gaining the throne of England he has done an honourable deed yet he admits that the fighting and bloodshed could continue A ill sheathed knife I117 He also admits that his own son Prince Hal is not honourable enough to occupy the throne Asee riot and dishonour stain the brow of my young Harry I117Shakespeare continues the topos of honour and redemption into Act three scene two where he uses elements such as anaphora topos imagery and rhetoric in a meeting between King Henry and Prince Hal that is both crucial and climatic to the overall structure of the theme of honourAt the beginning of Act III sc ii Shakespeare clears all other characters from the stage to allow King Henrys first meeting face to face with Prince Hal to be focused and intense King Henry is the first to speak and sets a sombre tone as he begins to unmask himself to his son A some displeasing service I have done 325 As well Shakespeare allows King Henry to bring Prince Hals mask to attention by using anaphoraCould such inordinate and low desiresSuch poor such bare such lewd suchmean attempt such barren pleasuresrude society as there art matched withal 3212-15 The word such is used to emphasise his Henry displeasure of Hals friends and the image they portray around him causing Hal in the eyes of Henry to lose his princely imageShakespeare then allows Prince Hal to defend himself to his fathers interpretations of his Hal character Again there is a contrast between what King Henry perceives and what is reality The king is obviously distressed over Hals choice of friends and how they affect this Princely image Hal on the other
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