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Unformatted text preview: Essay on Henry IV, Part II In this soliloquy from William Shakespeares Henry IV, Part II , King Henry is sleepless as a result of the overwhelming duties he possesses as king. The kings state of mind is constantly changing as his thoughts convey his different attitudes toward his impotence to sleep. This is conveyed through Shakespeares use of diction, imagery and syntax. He uses an attitude of gentility as he seductively questions his inability to steep. As he emphasizes his material superiority, his initial calm longing becomes the beginning of an irritation. His annoyed mind is now offended as a result of his continuous scornful expression about how the others do obtain sleep. His mood escalates toward a climax fury when his thoughts become a metaphoric tempest. Henrys fury suddenly turns into a composed acceptance of the sleepless nights that come with the kings thrown. In the fist line, King Henry expresses his wonderment by his exclamation of how his numerous subjects sleep while he deals with insomnia. He describes them as poorest to establish their economic subjects sleep while he deals with insomnia....
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- Winter '08