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Henry IV, Part 2 | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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King Henry IV, Act III, Scene I neasy lies the head that wears a crown. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington State University Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. Audience Favorite Falstaff also offers comic relief in Henry IV, Part 1. The Wars of the Roses The Yorks and Lancasters fought for the English throne 1455–85. Noble Patronage Shakespeare had to please his patrons, especially Queen Elizabeth. Context Most powerful law officer in England; becomes a father figure to Hal Lord Chief Justice Criminal, lovable, fat old man; knight and friend to Hal, who publicly renounces him Falstaff Prince and heir to throne; young man with a reputation for wild, irresponsible behavior Prince Hal King of England; older man harried by constant warfare, worry, and insomnia King Henry IV Main Characters Shakespeare, who wrote numerous plays about English monarchs of the past, is often called the greatest dramatist that ever lived. Henry IV, Part 2 is the third play in his series commonly known as the Henriad, detailing the Lancaster dynasty’s rise to prominence. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE1564–1616 Author Falstaff is a criminal, cheat, and rogue who pretends to be greater than he is. Appearance vs. Reality Prince Hal has a number of father figures influencing his life. Father-Son Relationships King Henry IV doubts that Prince Hal has the temperament to rule England. Power & Responsibility If he wants to unite the warring nobility, Prince Hal must make peace with his father, King Henry IV. He also must break from lazy, bawdy Falstaff and his roguish friends to convince England he will make a responsible monarch. The Burden of Kingship THEMES English Original Language 1597–98 Years Written William Shakespeare Author Henry IV, Part 2 Historical Fiction Historical Fiction Play

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