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How does Shakespeare make compelling Drama from the relationship between Falstaff and Hal?

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How does Shakespeare make compelling Drama from the relationship between Falstaff and Hal? Shakespeare makes compelling drama between Falstaff and Hal in many ways and in different scenes. As the personalities and characteristics of these two characters are very different, for example the comical jester amongst other things that is Falstaff clashes with the classical Prince Hal who stands for what he believes in. This makes it easier to create the drama that Shakespeare has made between the both of them. In Act1 Scene2, most of this scene has only direct conversation between Falstaff and Hal. Falstaff enters with quite a casual attitude, by saying this I mean that I think his stance would be quite a relaxed one and that he would look jolly and be using big hand gestures to show the audience he likes to make a scene. He is always up to some sort of mischief, so he tells Hal that they should go out and rob some people at night "you come near me now Hal, for we that take purses go by the moon and the seven stars". This creates some drama because the audience will see the reaction that Hal gives to Falstaff when he suggests things like this. On the stage, Falstaff would probably be quite close to Hal and act quite jolly and maybe tipsy as this is the sort of person he is, judging ...read more.

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way round Hal maybe putting both his hands on Hal's shoulders as if to represent a fatherly figure in his stance but not in his speech. You can see the contrast in behaviour between Falstaff and Hal because in Falstaff's speech it is very common and Hal's is quite sophisticated and posh, as when Poins enters and tells Falstaff and Hal about the possible robbery, and they ask Hal whether he wants to join in he replies with "Who I? Rob? I a thief? Not I, by my faith", this shows that he still knows that he is part of a royal family and he knows he shouldn't rob a person though he has done in the past but this is part of his reformation that he talks about at the end of this scene. When Falstaff exits out of the scene, his last words mock Hal and they are quite provoking, although Hal does not get provoked or angry very quickly here. Falstaff says to Poins "Well, God give thee the spirit of persuasion, and him the ears of profiting...the true prince may - for recreation sake - prove a false thief, for the poor abuses of time want countenance". I would think that on the stage, Falstaff would be very sarcastic in this speech in his tone of voice and a lot of scepticism would be in his voice also as he thinks that as he can't convince the Prince to come to this daylight robbery, nobody else can either. ...read more.

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I think that when Hal finds out that the pistol isn't actually a pistol, he would get very irritated and angry at Falstaff as he is tired of Falstaff's attitude towards things judging by his line after he finds out "What, is it a time to jest and dally now?" I expect that on stage, Hal would have a strong tone of voice and he would create tension between him and Falstaff. This is a major contrast between these two characters in both their attitudes as Falstaff is quite laid back and is being quite foolish, playing the comical character that he likes to be. This is whilst Hal is being quite stern and serious as he wants to win this battle not mess around and can't take it when Falstaff does. I think that the audience would enjoy this as when there is a moment of tension or suspense the play or scene becomes more enjoyable to watch. I think that in this scene the tension between these two characters is the most compared to a lot of the scenes in this play. Although it is a very short scene, there are a lot of dramatic techniques used in it. Overall in King Henry IV Part 1, Shakespeare uses a lot of dramatic techniques and that makes drama compelling between Falstaff and Prince Hal in many different ways and forms. ...read more.

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