Henry the fourth by William Shakespeare

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In the play "Henry the fourth" written by William Shakespeare is triumphant and denial. There is a prince named Hal that does not act like a prince that you think a prince would and fat man named Falstaff that is his friend. In this play we see that the prince changes when his father and his country need him from a hooligan of a prince to a prince that is tough and noble. I will show in steps how prince Hal turns from "Pal Hal" to "Sweet hope".

In the starting of the play we see that the prince is a "playboy". He does not act princely. He is always drinking and having fun with his friends. At this point Hal does not really care that he is going to be the next ruler of his country so he just has fun. He loves his friends. He likes their companionship and the way they act.

He knows they use him to pay for drinks and get them out of trouble sometimes but that does not really bother him. His best friend would have to be the fat old slob Falstaf. Falstaf is always around in the story and talks all of the time. He also spends most of his time drinking in the tavern. Hal likes to hang out with Falstaf because he is funny and outspoken. Hal and Falstaf could make fun of each other and call each other names and that wont bother them. For instance when the prince started calling Falstaf, "This bed-presser, this horse-back-breaker, this huge hill of flesh". Then Falstaf came back by saying, "Sblood, you starveling, you eel-skin, you dried neat's- tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish,--O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!"(Act...