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In Henry IV by Shakespeare there are a number of important characters Shakespeare tends to have the different characters parallel each other to show contrast and similarity One extremely interesting parallel is between Henry IV himself the king and Falstaff the drunken knight Henry Bolingbroke was thrust into the spotlight after the beheading of Richard III He became King of England through treachery and bloodshed but has since tried to be a good ruler over the people and a good father to his children However his son Henry or Hal as he prefers to be called has been led astray from the path of kinghood Henry IV has tried to make Hal into an upstanding law-abiding citizen and has pushed too hard leading Hal to try and be exactly opposite of his fathers wishes His friend Northumberland has a successful son also named Harry nicknamed Hotspur Henry IV is jealous of them and often complains about his son- That my Lord Northumberland should be the father to so blest a son A son who is the theme of honors tongue whilst I by looking on the praise of him see riot and dishonor stain the brow of my young Harry O that it could be provd that some night-tripping fairy had exchangd in cradle-clothes our children Falstaff was a knight of the realm and has declined into a fat alcoholic tavern rat and thief He believes in enjoying life to the fullest and would rather sit and enjoy countless cups of sack similar to whiskey and capons chickens than protect the people Hal spoke truly when he mocked Falstaff for asking the time of day- What a devil hast thou to do with the time of the day Unless hours were cups of sack and minutes capons and clocks the tongues of bawds and dials the signs of leaping-houses and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-colored taffeta I see
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