Henry IV, Part 2

Unlimited Henry IV, Part 2 - by William Shakespeare - Henry IV, Part 2, Henry IV Part The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule Falstaff against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes Unlimited Henry IV, Part 2 - by William Shakespeare - Henry IV, Part 2, Henry IV Part The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule Falstaff against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes

  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780553212945
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
Henry IV, Part 2

Unlimited Henry IV, Part 2 - by William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule Falstaff against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes between bawdy tavern and regal court between revelry and politics Shakespeare probes at the sources uses and responsibilities of power as an old king dies and a young kinThe stirr Unlimited Henry IV, Part 2 - by William Shakespeare - Henry IV, Part 2, Henry IV Part The stirring continuation of the themes begun in Henry IV Part One again pits a rebellion within the State and that master of misrule Falstaff against the maturing of Prince Hal Alternating scenes

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Henry IV, Part 2

About “William Shakespeare

  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.



326 thoughts on “Henry IV, Part 2

  • 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 Images [...]


  • 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 It is less pl [...]


  • 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 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 decisio [...]


  • 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 emphasis on the highly popular character of Falstaff and introducing other comic figu [...]


  • 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 becaus [...]


  • 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 with regards to Shakespearian plays, such as the nature of the human condition, and also the natur [...]


  • I really did expect to like this play much 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 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 once and then once again n [...]


  • 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 king Henry V [...]


  • 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



  • 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 Bull, P [...]


  • 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 of his background story, however, with the revelation that he d not always been the libertine he currently is and that he served Mowbray, the D [...]


  • 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 Henry V About half [...]


  • 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.


  • 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 Prince H [...]


  • 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 King H [...]


  • 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 found th [...]


  • 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 He only a [...]


  • 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 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 can be consi [...]


  • Once again, that missing fifth star is Falstaff s fault I really can t stand him, and I think I disliked him even 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 Marjorie Garbe [...]


  • 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 the corre [...]


  • 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 execu [...]


  • 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 fina [...]


  • 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 rating, [...]


  • 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 satisfactory of [...]



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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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 bett [...]


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