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How do we determine who has and who does not have honor Having a good name or public esteem is the most recognized definition of the word honor In fact honor has to do with being worthy of high esteem even veneration and typically privilege but it can also relate to nobleness of mind French 1 Every person has a different interpretation of the word honor and the very broad idea of it has numerous definitions allowing for it to be interpreted in many different ways Shakespeare does not display a clear interpretation of honor but rather represents it as a very open idea which he works in as the main theme in Henry IV Part One Prince Hal Hotspur and Falstaff all behold a distinctive view of their own honor and honor as an idea in comparison to each other In my opinion Hotspur displays the most honorable qualities of allThroughout Henry IV Part One the theme of honor is displayed consistently through the actions and words of the characters Although there is no clear definition of honor mentioned in the play there are representations of the numerous different definitions exhibited by all of the characters Shakespeare is obviously aware of the difficulty of determining the true meaning of honor as he allows the reader and viewer to determine for themselves who exemplifies the best qualities to fit the representation of the word The play exhibits a tripartite definition of honor in that the spring and direction of the action is toward a vindication of the honor of Hal which must be made to exceed that of Hotspur in spite of his habitual association with Falstaff Berkeley 27 Hal Hotspur and Falstaff all have different qualities associated with them some are honorable and some are not so honorable The question of who is most honorable has been a subject for discussion by many Shakespeare fans for
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