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This 10 page report discusses the characters of Shakespeare's 'Henry IV, Part One' and illustrates how they provide contrast to one another in their creation of the larger world of the play. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 8 page paper examining the possibilities inherent in setting Henry IV, Part I in the 1960s instead of in the Elizabethan era. The paper examines settings, costuming, lighting, and music, and whether or not it would be advisable to update the dialogue at all. No additional sources cited.

An 8 page analysis of this theme as it is developed in the most patriotic of Shakespeare's histories. The paper concentrates on Henry's condemnation of the three traitors in the second act, and shows some of the reasons why this theme was so important to Shakespeare himself. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing Shakespeare's 'The Life of King Henry the Fifth' and the character of King Henry himself. Bibliography lists three secondary sources used with the text of the play.

4 pages analyzing Shakespeare's use of the infamous character 'Falstaff'- specific emphasis on his role in Henry V. No Bibliography.

A 6 page paper looking at the role of Hotspur and Falstaff in Hal’s maturational process. The paper contends that Hal's superior personality develops as a result of lessons learned from both the carefree jocularity of Falstaff and the honor-bound but impetuous nature of Hotspur. No additional sources.

In 5 pages, the author discusses the theme of political vs. personal in William Shakespeare's 'Henry V.' Throughout 'Henry V,' the king had to deal with the facets of the theme of political vs. personal. As a king, he was a political leader. On a more personal note, he did have friends and ...

A five page paper looking at the way this important figure in English history is portrayed by William Shakespeare. The paper argues that Shakespeare believed Henry’s commanding qualities of leadership to have been necessary to stabilize the nation, and not indicative of megalomania. No other sources.

A five page paper comparing these two characters in Shakespeare’s history play. The paper notes that it is ironic that early in the play King Henry wishes Hotspur was his son, for in fact the would-be usurper is very much like the old King had been in his youth. No additional sources.

A five page paper closely comparing these two born warriors in terms of the way they are presented in Shakespeare’s play. Contrasting their personalities and speeches, the paper concludes that they are both the perfect type of character to usurp a throne, but Henry’s administration shows that this type of character isn’t necessarily adept at ...

This 10 page paper considers the role of the leader from a political perspective and relates it to the approach to leadership outlined by Shakespeare in King Henry V. This paper makes a definitive comparison between King Henry V and the notions of leadership outlined by authors like Machiavelli, in his political discourse, The ...

This 8 page report discusses Shakespeare’s second tetralogy which consists of “Richard II,” Parts 1 and 2 of “Henry IV,” and “Henry V.” Throughout each of these plays, Shakespeare offers his audiences and readers a winding path of imagery and figurative language that allows a deeper insight to the actions taking place on the stage and the hidden motivations for ...

Shakespeare, in the plays Henry V and Hamlet, has given a number of distinct definitions of what honor is and how people have the choice to act and react honorably or not. This 6 page paper explores the meaning of honor and examines these two plays in terms of how honor is portrayed. No additional sources ...

An 11 page paper which analyzes the character of Lady Percy in "Henry IV: Act I," and Queen Margaret in "Richard III." The paper argues that they are not your traditional female characters, in terms of gender definition of the Renaissance period, as was often the case with Shakespeare's women. The paper provides an examination of gender concerns in Shakespeare ...

A six page paper looking at these two plays by William Shakespeare in terms of their faithfulness to history. The paper concludes that they may not be faithful in all their details, but they are faithful in their overall message: that Henry V was a creative ruler, ruthless with his enemies, but steadfast in his ...

This five-page-paper presents a discussion on the significance of the use of light, and dark, night and day in William Shakespeare's Henry IV. Bibliography lists one source.

This 5 page paper examines The Tempest and Henry V and assesses how each interprets the concept of sovereignty. The utilization of symbolism in The Tempest is also discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page report discusses the relationship, expectations, and emotions that exist between a father and son. Each clearly wants the other to be proud of him and each wants the respect of the other. In typical father-son relationships, the outside observer almost always sees the truth of the personalities involved more clearly than either the actual father or son ...

Kingship and Henry V

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page research paper that examines the kingship of Henry V as pictured in Shakespeare's play. The writer's examination of Shakespeare's characterization of Henry V demonstrates that Shakespeare saw this monarch as an exemplary example of the elements of kingship. Also, a brief survey of Edward Powell's Kingship, Law and Society: Criminal Justice in ...

This 5 page paper evaluates how Price Henry is portrayed in Henry IV Part II. Coming of age issues are explored as well as the transition to power. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing one of Shakespeare's histories and the question of whether Henry can be seen as a literary hero. Henry not only is a literary hero, but a literal hero as well. He exemplifies some of the best of those qualities we classify as leadership ability, generally without thought for his personal feelings. ...

9 pages. The scenes and moments in the play Henry IV Part I suggest thoughts about the nature and value of poetic drama. Using specific evidence from the play, this paper discusses attitudes and opinions that suggest the playwright's reflections on his art. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page essay that takes the unusual form of a letter home from a common soldier in Henry's army that discusses his life and also the execution of a fellow soldier, Bardolph, for looting. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the use, and the significance of the use, of “tavern” in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” parts I and II. No additional sources cited.


  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper discusses Henry IV's relationship with his son, Hal (Henry V). The dialogue from Act Three, scene two is quoted and cited as examples of this strained relationship. A brief synopsis is given. The relationship between father and son is explored. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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