Henry IV: Appearance Vs. Reality



Shakespeare's play Henry IV begins with a king (King Henry) beginning a
pilgrimage after killing King Richard II. Henry believes that by gaining the
throne of England he has done an honourable deed, yet he admits that the
fighting and bloodshed could continue, A. . . ill sheathed knife . . . @
(I.1.17). He, also, admits that his own son, Prince Hal, is not honourable
enough to occupy the throne, Asee riot and dishonour stain the brow of my young
Harry" (I.1.17).
Shakespeare continues the topos of honour and redemption into Act three,
scene two, where he uses elements such as anaphora, topos, imagery and rhetoric
in a meeting between King Henry and Prince Hal that is both ...

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anaphora:

Could such inordinate and low desires,
Such poor, such bare, such lewd, such
mean attempt, such barren pleasures,
rude society as there art matched withal . . . (3.2.12-15).

The word such is used to emphasise his [Henry] displeasure of Hal=s friends and
the image they portray around him causing Hal in the eyes of Henry to lose his
princely image.
Shakespeare, then allows Prince Hal to defend himself to his father's
interpretations of his (Hal) character. Again, there is a contrast between what
King Henry perceives and what is reality. The king is obviously distressed over
Hal=s choice of friends and how they affect this ‘Princely image'. Hal on
the other hand asks for Apardon on my true submission @ (3.2.27), claiming that
such people (friends) tell stories that may not always be true Aaft the ear of
greatness must hear @ (3.2.24).
It seems that King Henry still has some reservations about Prince Hal=s ...

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