This is the second part of Shakespeare's retelling of Henry Bolingbroke's troubled reign, in which his son, the future Henry V, comes to terms with his royal destiny.
A far more sombre and elegiac tone permeates The Second Part of Henry the Fourth as Prince Hal’s carefree way of life becomes increasingly incompatible with his status as heir to the throne. As his father Henry IV continues to face rebellions and faces his own mortality, the young prince gradually awakens to his responsibilities and his destiny. Falstaff, Prince Hal’s mentor in misrule, remains a dominant character, but in the end, with the accession of Henry V, is poignantly rejected by the new king.
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Professor René Weis FRSA teaches Shakespeare in the Department of English at UCL. He has also edited Romeo and Juliet for the Arden Shakespeare, King Lear for Longman. He has also written books on history and human rights, and is the London University Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
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