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Henry The IV Part One

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Henry The IV Part One Henry the forth part one was written by William Shakespeare and it tells the tale of a rebellious leader called Hotspur who with the help of his close allies Worcester and Northumberland try to take over the king. During the play Shakespeare uses many ways to explore the theme of honour. The significance of honour is very important in the play because Shakespeare uses it to portray the way that the person is feeling. In the tale we are told of many honourable men and we are shown some very shady characters. At the beginning of the play prince Hal and Hotspur are in their local tavern called the boars head and they are engaging in some light banter. After a while Poins enters and announces that he has found out about pilgrims going to London with purses full of gold. "By four o'clock early at Gladshill there are pilgrims going to Canterbury with rich offerings, and traders going to London with fat purses full of gold" Poins then explains to them he has arranged it for them to rob these pilgrims. ...read more.

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After they had robbed Falstaff and his group of robbers they were at the boars head drinking and engaging in banter of which Falstaff makes up that he was robbed this morning by hundreds of men. "If I fought not with fifty of them, I am a bunch of radish" He even went to the extent of hitting his dagger against his sword to that it looks likes he has been in a fight. After Falstaff went on and on about being robbed they told him that it was them and his reply was "By the lord, I knew ye as well as he that made ye. Why, hear you my masters, was it for me to kill the heir Apparent? Should I turn upon the true prince?" His excuse is that he knew all along that it was the prince and that he just did not want to hurt the Prince of Wales. ...read more.

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He was perfumed like a milliner And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held A pouncet-box, which ever and anon" What Hotspur found so irritating about him was that Hotspur is very honourable and this man was acting like war and that it disgusted him was a bad thing. Hotspur likes war so much because he loves the glory and all the things that go with it, like being a powerful leader. Also that Hotspur had just fought a battle and had many scars and was covered in blood with ripped clothes and this Lord turns up and asks for the prisoners while taking snuff every so often in a very rude way. Over all Hotspur is a very honourable person so much so that he in the end dies in a fight with Hal. The battle in which Hal kills Hotspur is in my opinion a fight for honour. Hal wants to win so that he can impress his dad and Hotspur wants to be the most honourable man in England - The King. The whole book is surrounded by honour and we are kept reminding this by each character. ...read more.

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