Henry IV, Part 2

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Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV Part This edition offers a fully modernized text of one of Shakespeare s most fascinating plays Henry IV Part is the only play in the canon whose structure almost exactly mirrors that of its predecessor

  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2
  • Author: William Shakespeare René Weis
  • ISBN: 9780199537136
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • This edition offers a fully modernized text of one of Shakespeare s most fascinating plays Henry IV, Part 2 is the only play in the canon whose structure almost exactly mirrors that of its predecessor, and thereby affords unique perspectives on Shakespeare s art and craft Far from being the impoverished country cousin of an illustrious work, Part 2 introduces unforgettabThis edition offers a fully modernized text of one of Shakespeare s most fascinating plays Henry IV, Part 2 is the only play in the canon whose structure almost exactly mirrors that of its predecessor, and thereby affords unique perspectives on Shakespeare s art and craft Far from being the impoverished country cousin of an illustrious work, Part 2 introduces unforgettable new characters like Pistol and Shallow, and memorable minor players such as Doll Tearsheet and the reluctant Goucestershire recruits Above all, it gives us Falstaff Although he is now politically distanced from Hal, he looms larger than ever as a mischievous figure who never ceases to fascinate with his unique blend of native wit, inventiveness, and corruption Through a radical reconsideration of the play s text s and date, it is argued here for the first time that the character of Falstaff was called Oldcastle in Part 2 as well as in as in Part 1, and that it was the vetting of Part 2 for the 1596 7 Christmas performances at Court which led to the change of name in both plays This edition over takes the view that the Folio only passages in the play reflect the text of the original prompt book.

    Henry IV, Part Henry IV, Part Characters King Henry the Fourth King of England Synopsis John Farmanesh Bocca as Prince Hal in the Carmel Shakespeare Festival production Sources Another source for this and the following Henry plays is the anonymous The Famous Date and text Other court SparkNotes Henry IV, Part Henry IV, Part is a play by William Shakespeare that was first performed in Get a copy of Henry IV, Part at BN Buy Now Henry IV, Part Henry IV, Part Characters Messengers, musicians, soldiers, attendants, etc Synopsis The play picks up where Henry IV, Part left off Date and text Henry IV, Part is believed to have been written sometime between and Criticism and analysis Part is generally seen as a less Henry IV, part Entire Play William Shakespeare SCENE V Another part of the field The trumpets sound Enter KING HENRY IV, PRINCE HENRY, LORD JOHN LANCASTER, EARL OF WESTMORELAND, with WORCESTER and VERNON prisoners. Henry IV Part Study Guide from LitCharts The creators Henry IV Part Brief Biography of William Shakespeare Shakespeare s father was a glove maker, Historical Context of Henry IV Part King Henry IV was born into the House of Plantagenet Other Books Related to Henry IV Part Henry IV Part is the third play in the tetralogy Extra Henry IV Part Shmoop Henry IV Part is the story of Prince Hal the future King Henry V of England , a fifteenth century wild child who carouses with criminals and commoners, helps his loser chums rob his father s treasury, and spends all his time in seedy bars. Henry IV, Part I folgerdigitaltexts Henry IV, Part , culminates in the battle of Shrewsbury between the king s army and rebels seeking his crown The dispute begins when Hotspur, the son of Northumberland, breaks with the king over the fate of his brother in law, Mortimer, a Welsh prisoner. SparkNotes Henry IV, Part Plot Overview The first plot concerns King Henry IV, his son, Prince Harry, and their strained relationship The second concerns a rebellion that is being plotted against King Henry by a discontented family of noblemen in the North, the Percys, who are angry because of King Henry s refusal to acknowledge his debt to them. No Fear Shakespeare Henry IV, Part Act Scene No Fear Shakespeare by SparkNotes features the complete edition of Henry IV Part side by side with an accessible, plain English translation. SparkNotes Henry IV Part Summary A short summary of William Shakespeare s Henry IV Part This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Henry IV Part .

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      This is a much chillier, soberer world than the first part of Henry IV, lacking in both its good humor and its generosity. Falstaff is not nearly so funny apart from Hal, Prince John is a much icier foil than the mercurial Hotspur, and Hal himself--whom we wish to like--makes himself disagreeable by stealing his dying father's crown and snubbing the fat knight we love. Yet Shakespeare, by subtle degrees, leads us to the point where we come to admire Hal and believe in his moral transformation. I [...]

    2. Darwin8u on said:

      “Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition”- William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1I was recently at a book signing for Don Winslow's new book The Force and he brought up his life-long fascination with Shakespeare and how the Godfather books/movies (at least the first two) are basically a retelling of Shakespeare's Henry IV with the moral poles flipped (with Al Pacino playing Hal and Diane Keaton as a gender-bent Falstaff). I can run with that. Anyway, Henry IV, Part 2 is fantastic. [...]

    3. Bradley on said:

      I can't consider these plays as solitary occasions. I'm all teary-eyed.Who knew I could shed tears for poor old Falstaff, even now? I mean, sure, he's a fool and a rascal and incorrigible, but at the core of it, he and Hal were friends, weren't they?And yet, even while I hate Hal a little for his decision, I love him all the more for it and everything else. Truly, he was the best king. Not only very aware of his audience, but always playing to every side, learning the craft of people and of hard [...]

    4. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of the Roses, #3), William ShakespeareHenry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V. The play is often seen as an extension of aspects of Henry IV, Part 1, rather than a straightforward continuation of the historical narrative, placing more emphasis on the highly popular character of Falstaff and introducing other co [...]

    5. Trish on said:

      The groundwork for this play that is full of morale and still some comic relief was given in the first part. As I said, there was a lot of history to tell so Shakespeare divided it up.In this 2nd part, the battle of Shrewsbury is over, Hotspur is dead, Hal (King Henry IV's son) returns victorious. This part definitely focuses on Hal and his further passage from scandalous young bloke to a man of honour - and it is about Falstaff and how he falls from grace. This last bit can be seen most clearly [...]

    6. David Sarkies on said:

      The prodigal prince returns15 May 2013 In the particular edition of this play that I read the editors included and essay by Harold Jenkins (not that that name means anything to me) about whether Henry IV is two five act plays or one ten act play. Personally I don't care either way and would really not want to write a major thesis on that particular point, but that is probably because there is so much more with regards to Shakespearian plays, such as the nature of the human condition, and also th [...]

    7. Trevor on said:

      I really did expect to like this play much more than I did. I read somewhere that both plays had originally been one play, but that the Falstaff character proved so popular that Shakespeare split the play in two and added more Falstaff. This play doesn’t quite hang together as well as part one. I’m tempted to say something about sequels always being crap. In many ways this is the same story over again – but bizarrely Falstaff and Hal hardly meet in the play – they only meet as ‘friends [...]

    8. Roy Lotz on said:

      This is the first of Shakespeare’s plays that fell completely flat for me. How could the world’s greatest dramatist write a play so singularly devoid of drama? The impending battle comes to naught; Falstaff wastes his time doing God-knows-what; and Prince Henry undergoes an instantaneous character development that is hard to believe, and even harder to approve of. The two scenes of real conflict—when the dying king Henry IV thinks that Prince Hal is usurping the throne, and when the new ki [...]

    9. Liam on said:

      This wasn't as good as the first part but it was still okay. Kind of lost interest due to there being so many characters and it all got a little hard to follow but I did really like the ending!

    10. Cindy Rollins on said:

      Love, love, love the themes of this play so excellently handled in all their joys and sorrows.

    11. Bettie☯ on said:

      Jeremy Irons as King Henry IVTom Hiddleston as Prince HalSimon Russell Beale as FalstaffJulie Walters as Mistress QuicklyAlun Armstrong as Northumberland 3/4 Rebels continue to plot against Henry IV. Falstaff hopes for high office. Cry God For Harry - An adaptation from Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry VFirst broadcast 1977 (R7 repeat 2004, 2005)Cast:Robert Lang, Alan Howard, Brewster Mason, Peter Egen,Donald Huston, David Buck, Susan Thomas, MauriceDenham, Michael Godfrey, John Hollis, John Bu [...]

    12. Marquise on said:

      This second part was still enjoyable despite not being as funny as the first, and the humour being a bit cruder in my opinion. Falstaff is the same as before, but this time round he's less amusing in comparison, because by now everyone is sobering up and changing but him, who clings to his buffoonery and is made to pay for it at last. We do learn a little more of his background story, however, with the revelation that he'd not always been the libertine he currently is and that he served Mowbray, [...]

    13. Caroline on said:

      I have not been posting recently because I have found that my most meaningful reads continue to be in groups of unexpectedly related books along with a critical volume to prompt insights. So reviews pile up because I have to finish all of the books before I write.This time I picked up the second book of the Gormenghast triology by Mervyn Peake and the third book of Shakespeare’s Henry IV tetralogy, while continuing to work through Derek Traversi’s Shakespeare: From ‘Richard II’ to ‘Hen [...]

    14. Sarah Anne on said:

      Well, I finished! This play has a whole hell of a lot of characters and I totally couldn't keep track of who was on which side. This was not the one to read when I've had five hours of sleep per night for three weeks and I have an attention span about like a gnat.Must reread at some point.

    15. Elena Sala on said:

      HENRY IV, Part 2, is a "sequel", in the modern sense of the term, to HENRY IV, Part 1. This play again puts on stage Prince Hal, Henry IV's son, and the witty John Falstaff as well as all the characters we met in the first part.Henry IV is dying. Prince Hal has proved himself as a great soldier. However, he still seems to consort with prostitutes and tavern dwellers. Falstaff status in the world has gone up (a little). He spends most of his time drinking and bragging about his relationship with [...]

    16. Ben on said:

      King Henry IV Part Two ends in transition, both for the English political atmosphere and for the central characters. Part of this transition takes place in the audiences' perspective. We witness the rise of a young prince and the deterioration of an illegitimate king amidst the fog of civil war. And yet Shakespeare twists the end. The truly naive patron cannot predict precisely how these events will resolve. I did not imagine King Henry IV repenting the means of his ascension, nor did I imagine [...]

    17. Jimyanni on said:

      The Folger library edition is a very fine edition; if I were rating strictly according to the quality of the scholarship shown here, I'd cheerfully rate the book at five stars. The play itself, however, is one of the weakest of Shakespeare's plays. The plot isn't as vile as I find the plot in the Taming of the Shrew; the misogyny displayed here is of the common, garden variety of the misogyny found throughout Shakespeare, rather than the exceptional, "beyond the call of cultural duty" variety fo [...]

    18. CatherineMustread on said:

      I love the history plays — my interest in British history has been piqued! Reading Shakespeare’s plays in the chronological order in which he is presumed to have written them I find his growth as playwright is in direct correlation to my appreciation of his plays; and to the blog, The Play's The Thing: Reading Shakespeare with Dennis Abrams, for making that possible.Though Hotspur was important in the transition of Hal to Henry V, I found him to be a character for whom I had little sympathy. [...]

    19. Akemi G on said:

      The commonwealth is sick of their own choice,Their over-greedy love hath surfeited.I wasn't very impressed with Part 1, and picked this up thinking it's the continuation of action-oriented drama peppered with obscene jokes. (Even guys who like watching action movies don't enjoy reading the screenplays, do they?) Well, it mostly is like that, but there is more insights in politics and life, as in Richard II.Still, this drama doesn't even have a protagonist. The closest it comes is Falstaff; it ca [...]

    20. Melora on said:

      Once again, that missing fifth star is Falstaff's fault. I really can't stand him, and I think I disliked him even more this second time -- the scene with Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet most particularly. Otherwise this was wonderful.________Third time, and, unlike King Henry IV, Part 1, which moved up to five stars on my latest reading, this one still only earns four. Not that four is not good. But this play is just so sordid that, despite recognizing its merits (and, as always, I thank Ma [...]

    21. M. D.Hudson on said:

      Again, Shakespeare's histories are sort of new to me, I am embarrassed to say. I won't try to add my feeble little voice to 300 years of Shakespearian lit crit, but I must say Falstaff on the actual page is considerably crueler, pettier and meaner than his popular image would lead one to think. He is damned funny though. Incidentally, my recent Shakespeare jag has been via a set of 1888 Plays edited by the Rev. Hudson (no relation, so far as I know). I didn't feel like screwing around finding th [...]

    22. John Pistelli on said:

      A strange play, even disturbing. The first part was a crowd-pleaser, full of action, comedy, and strongly individualized characters representing ideologies and ways of life from which Prince Hal, on his path to the throne, will have to choose. In this second part, events prove anti-climactic; instead of a final battle with the rebels against the usurper Henry IV, we get a rather chilling scene in which Prince John tricks them into disbanding their army with promises of truce and then has them ex [...]

    23. Diana Long on said:

      I listened to the Arkangel full cast production of the play while reading the text from the Delphi Complete Works of Shakespeare. This is the second of King Henry and the third of the plays in the group. I found it just as witty as the other plays of Shakespeare and combined with the bawdy songs and capers pulled off with some of the characters like Folstaff a totally delightful play. In this play the Prince of Wales is confronted by his father the dying King and as the crown passes the Prince f [...]

    24. Morgan on said:

      Still not a fan of Shakespeare's Histories. With the big edition of Shakespeare I'm reading, I pretty much have finished all the plays that I had no interest in reading beforehand. There maybe others, but for now they look interesting. I still read these though. Can have a goal of reading all Shakespeare and skipping ones. The next two in my book I will skip only because I read them before and don't feel the need to reread them. Even though I've given this book and others a less favorable star r [...]

    25. Matthew on said:

      Of the four plays that make up Shakespeare's second history cycle, Henry IV Part 2 is the one that has most difficulty in existing as a stand-alone play. The very title informs the reader/audience that they have missed out something if they failed to at least read the first part. Similarly, the action of the play follows directly on from the earlier play, with the divisions and inter-relationships already in place.This is one reason (though not the only one) why the play is the least satisfactor [...]

    26. Fèe (^・ω・^✿) on said:

      I really enjoyed the first part but in this second part, apart from Falstaff's humour, nothing was interesting for me .

    27. Suzannah on said:

      This Shakespeare play is one of the not-quite-so-brilliant Shakespeare plays, and thus the three stars. Look out for a review on Vintage Novels soon!

    28. Jackson Cyril on said:

      "Unimitated, unimitable Falstaff!"-- so Dr Johnson described the most brilliant character in the Henry IV plays, and it is for Falstaff that we read these two plays today. The rest of the characters, who may be interesting, are wholly and utterly overshadowed by Falstaff's girth and genuine levity.

    29. Anand Venigalla on said:

      Henry IV Part 2 isn't quite as exciting as the rousing and blockbuster showdown of Part 1. It's much chillier. Falstaff isn't as fun, though his rhetoric and prose is as full of the life principle as it was in Part 1. If I am not as enthused yet with Falstaff as Harold Bloom is, I do admire his characterization and his interesting fool-profundity, even as he is a thoroughly immoral character in many ways. Mark Van Doren, in his book Shakespeare, has some words to say:"No play of Shakespeare's is [...]

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