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11+Henry+IV+Part+1 - Henry IV Part One Topicality of Plays...

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Unformatted text preview: Henry IV Part One Topicality of Plays • During the Essex uprising, someone involved hired Shakespeare’s company to play Richard II, with its deposition scene, in the streets. • “I am Richard II” -- Elizabeth Bush as Richard III The “ Henriad ” • English National Epic, like Homer’s Iliad , or Virgil’s Aeneid (ca 20 BCE), Roman national epic written under Augustus Caesar. • Henriad = Shakespeare’s Second Tetralogy of Plays, the 4 plays: Richard II , Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V. The Two “Tetralogies” • First Tetralogy, written at the beginning of Shakespeare’s career: Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3 , and Richard III (1590-93) about the years 1455-1485 • Second Tetralogy: • Richard II (1595, about the year 1395-1400) • Henry IV parts 1 and 2 (1596-97, about 1400-1413) • (1599, covers history from 1413-22) Deposition of Richard II motivates insurgency • The Rebels “put down Richard, that sweet lovely rose, / And plant this thorn, this canker, Bolingbroke” (1.3.173-174) “Vice,” Virtue, and the Morality Play • FALSTAFF: “The reverend Vice, that gray Iniquity” (2.5.2.5.413) Topicality of Plays...
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