• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare put on stage the conflict between different attitudes to loyalty? How effectively do you think he does this?

Extracts from this document...


Brendan Lee How does Shakespeare put on stage the conflict between different attitudes to loyalty? How effectively do you think he does this? On stage we are introduced to two different styles of leadership. Shakespeare uses the King and Hal to act as contrasts of leadership. We seethe king as a 'scary ogre', who is to be feared. When we first meet the king he is easily angered as he is not obeyed by Hotspur, as he does not hand over the prisoners which he has captured. This shows that the king immediately demands obedience and respect. Whenever someone is addressing the king, they call him 'my liege' or 'my lord'. This again shows that people fear him, as they feel they must respect him. However, when we first meet Hal, Prince of Wales, Falstaff addresses him with 'Hal' and 'lad', which shows that people do not fear Hal as much, and that he is not as respected. Hal 'mingles' with the 'common' people, and he feels at home in the pub with his mates. This style of leadership is in contrast to his father's, the King. Hal does not demand respect and obedience . He is content with others making jokes at him and having a laugh. Falstaff says to Hal ' for a fine thief of the age of two and twenty or thereabouts'. Falstaff is suggesting that Hal is boring, but Hal is satisfied with being called this, whereas if it was the King who had received this comment, he would have got angry at being insulted. ...read more.


Hal's approach is far different. When we first meet him he is smiling and having a joke with Falstaff, and admitting how his lifestyle is poor by thieving, and is now planning yet another one. This first impression does not make us see Hal as a leader, as he is irresponsible, and immature. He does not appear to be someone which we would look up to and respect and obey, we are more likely to argue back at him or simply be disobedience. It is difficult for the audience to see him ruling a country as king. It is the lack of respect that people have for him that makes the audience feel this way. After Falstaff was robbed, he comes back to the inn and addresses Hal with 'A king's son! If I do not beat thee out of thy kingdom' and 'You, Prince of Wales!'. Falstaff may have been let down by Hal as he did not help him in the robbery like was planned, but it is not normal for a normal person such as Falstaff to insult the Prince of Wales like that, and tell him that he is not suitable to be Prince. This is how people talk to Hal, without fear or respect. Shakespeare has effectively used Hal and the King as contrasts of leadership, and this is clear and easy to see. ...read more.


Shakespeare has made an on stage battle of the contrasts in leadership. It is not evident as to which one is the correct one to use, but we can clearly see the advantages and disadvantages of both. Shakespeare has used the different types of leaderships in Hal and the King to create suspense on stage. Hal we see as a 'nice guy' and someone who we can get on with, and because of this, we have a liking for him, and we care what happens to him. However, we may not like the King as much as Hal, but we still care what happens to him. This is because he demands respect so much on stage that we immediately we take an interest and concern as to what happens to him. This suspense is evident throughout the play, and it keeps the audience interested. Shakespeare has arranged the play so that we see the King and his associates in one scene, Falstaff and Hal in another, and Hotspur in another. So it is like having three little stories going on at once. These changes to different characters are deliberate, as it allows the audience a break. As if the play just focused on Hal and Falstaff, the suspense would be so great and constant that the audience would lose concentration. It would be too much to take in. A play needs suspense, but at the same time there needs to be breaks from that suspense for the audience to really appreciate the play, and Shakespeare has achieved this well. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics essays

  1. If only they could talk

    He remembers the time when he was seventeen and he saw a horse stand in the middle of a road not wanting to walk, he got closer to it, and suddenly the horse grabbed him from the back of his jacket, taking him up, and every person that was watching the horse got scared and nobody did anything.

  2. Do you think that Dic Penderyn was unjustly hanged?

    and as a Special Police Constable the evidence that he gives proves that the defendant Richard Lewis is guilty of attempted murder on Private Donald Black. The second person to give evidence for the prosecution was James Drew. "I saw Richard Lewis wrestling with a soldier and one or two more - he pushed the bayonet at his thigh."

  1. Analyse the ways in which Shakespeare dramatises his exploration of the idea of leadership ...

    By writing a prologue, Shakespeare has attempted to involve the audience as soon as possible, as well as setting the scene. The audience already gets the impression that Henry is a hero as the actor speaking the prologue states him being powerful and brave.

  2. The Prince.

    He was doing what he did best: telling people what to do and not getting his hands dirty. He knew how he wanted the Christmas tree decorated; yet the workmen were not listening to his commands - so what if they couldn't get the star on top.

  1. The Bike Ride

    Looking down at the road in between his handlebars, he lifted his hands off the rubber handles and tried to jump of the bike. Still, in an amazingly large amount of pain, he looked right. The large concrete roundabout passed him in the corner of his eye.

  2. Arabi israli conflict

    In 1967 the six-day war broke out, and even by the first day the Israelis had control of the sky. 15,000 Arab men were killed and only 1000 Israelis. The Yom Kippur war was next in 1973. Egypt and Syria prepared for war, and soon took back part of Sinai,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work