King Henry IV - Sample Essay

Hal says these words just after Falstaff says that if he is banished, all the world would be banished. Here, Hal is saying that he will banish Falstaff. This shows he could be in training for the future king and doesn’t want people like Falstaff with him then to interfere. The repetition of the word ‘I’ shows Hal is being serious. ‘I do’ suggests Hal is in the process of banishing Falstaff already. Here, I would have everyone laughing, and Hal looking serious. When the background laughter drops, I would have Hal and Falstaff with eye-to-eye contact, then Hal will say ‘I do, I will’.

This will show that Hal is being very serious, and that there has been a change in relationship. Here, the Sub-plot is linked to the main plot because Falstaff is got rid of, in a similar way that Hotspur is got rid of. It could be said that they were both rebles, as Falstaff’s lies could be linked to the rebles trying to defeat the king. We also see training ground for Hal, when the role-play is acted out, when Falstaff plays the king and when Hal also plays the king. “Dost thou speak like a king? Do thou stand for me, and I’ll play my father. ”

This shows that Hal is in future training by playing King Henry IV, while Falstaff will see what it is like being prince Hal. Hal wants to do this because he says ‘I’ll’ which shows that he is going to do it. I would have Hal speaking in a loud, slightly angry voice to show his relationship with Falstaff is starting to weaken. Near the end of the scene, when Hal’s relationship with Falstaff comes under strain, we can see that Hal is in training ground for the future king. He talks to Falstaff in a different way. “And thou a natural coward without instinct”

Here ‘instinct’ shows he is mocking what Falstaff said earlier about instinct. I think Hal is not joking, but tring to ignore Falstaff, and banish him. I would have Hal speaking to Falstaff in an argry tone of voice, although he has better things to do than to listen to Falstaff. I would also have Hal hinting sarcasm in his voice. In Henry IV, part I, Shakespeare presents Hal in two different ways, either as devious and cunning, or as someone who is intrested in people ready to be the future king. Falstaff can be seen as either the only person who can bring Hal back to the real world, but also as Hal’s only escape.

I don’t think that Hal would be a very good leader today, because I don’t think he is serious enough about his responsabilites, and he banishes people like Falstaff whenever he decides to. I think Shakespeare presents Hal as more devious and cunning than someone intrested in people, because he plays a lot of tricks on people such as Francis and Falstaff, and asks questions that he knows Falstaff will not be able to answer. I quite enjoyed the humour in this scene, however, I thought it was too long and slow moving.