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Dramatic Flow of action: King Henry IV PT. I The play opens up with England in a state of rest on the brink of calamity, with a secret coup being planned by Harry Percy (Hotspur) and the king’s army being defeated in the south. The exposition includes the setting being England as well as the introduction of the main characters: King Henry; who is not actually the plays main character, rather, the historical focus, Prince Harry; the king’s son and Prince of Wales, Harry Percy (Hotspur); a fiery tempered valiant warrior who feels that the king has forgotten his debt to him in regard to his efforts in bringing Henry IV to the throne, and Sir John Falstaff; a fat, clown like character who makes his living from mooching, stealing, and lying, he is also Prince Harry’s closest friend. The play has two plots which weave around each other until
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Unformatted text preview: the climactic finish. One plot focuses on Hotspur and his obsession with glory, and the other focuses around Prince Harry. The primary inciting incident occurs when Hotspur refuses to send the soldiers he’s captured in the north back down to the king in the south. The rising action occurs when Hotspur’s amassed army (of people who also hold grievances against king Henry IV begins to falter) begins to falter. This means that in order for the coup to succeed, Hotspur must begin the rebellion at once. This is the crisis; when Prince harry accompanies his father Henry IV into battle at the great battle of Shrewsbury. The climax takes place when Prince Harry challenges Hotspur to single combat. The dénouement comes about when Henry IV’s forces win and most of the Percy family is put to death....
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