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The words “good”, “bad”, and “okay” are all subjective words. People always use those words to describe their opinions and thoughts. Even though they are some of the most bland words in the dictionary they cause some of the biggest uproars in history. Of course this all comes down to people’s opinions, and arguments. For example sports, politics, both of these are fueled by opinions of humans into today’s world. Which team is better? Which candidate is better? In the history of our world the debating of politics stretches far back to monarchs, and kings. Were they good kings and leaders? The same question pops up in William Shakespeare’s King Henry V . The young king has just taken the throne coming from his father, and he is no longer the childish prince we have seen in plays before. Taking over a whole country is obviously a drastic change from living in your father’s shadow, and lacking major responsibilities. If one had just seen Henry as a prince in Henry IV Part 1 and Henry IV Part 2 they never would have thought he would have been a successful king, yet it is actually the quite opposite. King Henry is a good and successful king by judging him on keeping his word from King Henry IV part 2 and remained committed to his country, , exceled with his military and motivation, and was a fair and respectable ruler to all of his people and beyond. In William Shakespeare’s King Henry IV Part 1 and King Henry Part 2 Prince Hal was very immature, young, and frankly not smart. Running around on the streets with his buddies, getting drunk and stealing was not the ideal image for one to create while they are next in line for the throne. No one in the public truly believed Hal would turn out to be a great king, as he said towards the ending of the play that
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this was all a decoy, and he was going to be a very successful leader. He was almost very slimy and deceptive while telling the public these statements. “ The courses of his youth promised it not./ The breath no sooner left his father’s body/ But that his wildness, mortified in him,/ seemed to die too” (1.1. 26-29). This quote is a prime example of showing how the Prince Hal is long gone, and that seemed to die when his fathered died. The two bishops, Ely and Canterbury are shocked of this
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