Hal, the Cinderella Man

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Dennis Zuo Ms. Neusen Shakespeare November 14, 2006 Hal, the Cinderella Man Niccolo Machiavelli once said: “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” Indeed, as great minds think alike, William Shakespeare has perceptibly proved the validity of this dictum through his portrayal of Hal, the Prince of Wales, in the intriguing Henry IV . Bearing many universal characters of heroes, Hal not only transcended himself above the mortal lust for glory, but also succeeded in his search for self-knowledge on the path toward consciousness. While people adored him like one of their own, Hal, the ultimate Prince, saw himself in a much more lucid perspective. He was an actor by nature, one of the best. No matter what kind of impression he left to others in the opening scene, Hal undoubtedly rendered his once reluctant audience speechless at the end through his display of compassion, battle- hardened skills and chivalry. In an innocent mind’s eye, this is a play of a Cinderella Man whose beauty got buried beneath that apathetic personality, yet this very same man waved the plot from the very beginning to the end, which turned out to be nothing less grandeur than a captivating journey of the return of a king. Like the resonant sound of a victorious trumpet high up on the castle’s tower, the mighty phrase “Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere” ( Prince Henry, Act V, Scene IV ) irrevocably revealed the prince’s true ambition, along with his final acceptance of who he was. However, it is imperative to keep in mind that Hal craftily sowed the illusion of a weakling prince into other’s ignorant minds, thus he could
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harvest the profit grown from other’s insolence. Nevertheless, Hal respected his enemy, whether in life or on the battlefield, and nothing can attest this better than the fact that Hal treated his mortal adversary, Hotspur, chivalrously despite his candid jealousy toward Hotspur. Merely an act of hypocrisy? Absolutely not. Hal fought with cunning strategies, indeed, but also willing to laugh at his friend's expense, Hal is candid, reimbursing those robbed by his friends and humble, wishing to be valued by his own actions instead of his royal title. In facing of death and glory, Hal justified his
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