British Literature

Stagecraft—A Key Tool In Understanding Henry V

August 26, 2020

King Henry V has learned the arts of theater from a true master: Falstaff himself, who is almost never at a loss for a response, an improvisation or a control over the scene. Learn how Shakespeare has used stagecraft as a tool to create his plays. […]

British Literature

Henry V: Setting up, Reversal, and Defeat of Expectations

August 26, 2020

Prince Hal’s important makeover is reflected throughout Henry V, where expectations are set with the old irresponsible Prince Hal in mind. The prince makes the transition through his decisions and choice of friends and banishes Falstaff, his trusted lieutenant. […]

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Literature

The Transformation of Prince Hal into King Henry V

June 5, 2020

Shakespeare shows a king’s required training in the life of King Henry V. Henry V leaves all his childish traits and the fun in his life to become a worthy king. Shakespeare sacrifices Falstaff to depict Hal’s decisions. […]

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Literature

Understanding the Themes in Henry IV through Play Comparison

June 4, 2020

Henry IV, part II is more difficult to follow and comprehend, compared to part I. To comprehend part II, one must compare it to the first part. Henry IV themes slowly alter in the second part, but this change is not easy to detect without comparing it to the part I. […]

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Literature

Hal in Henry IV: How Kings Are Made

May 13, 2020

Shakespeare’s Hal in Henry IV is a leading character who shows the struggles and sacrifices in the way to kingship. He voluntarily leaves fun behind and decides to rule as a brave king. Shakespeare killed some important characters to embody these sacrifices. […]

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