William Shakespeare David Scott Kastan
- Title: King Henry IV, Part 1
- Author: William Shakespeare David Scott Kastan
- ISBN: 9781904271352
- Page: 158
- Format: Paperback
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David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical aDavid Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play s language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority Kastan also covers the recurrence of the word honor in the text and the role that women play Appendices provide the sources of 1 Henry IV, discussions of Shakespeare s metrics, and the history of the manuscript The appendix on casting features a doubling chart to show which characters may be played by one actor Photographic images of the original Q0 Fragment, which is assumed to have been printed in Peter Short s printing house in 1598, appear in the fifth appendix Finally, a reference section provides a list of abbreviations and references, a catalog of Shakespeare s works and works partly by Shakespeare, and citations for the modern productions mentioned in the text, other collated editions of Shakespeare s work, and other related reading The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources A full commentary by one or of the play s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.
Recent Comments "King Henry IV, Part 1"
I have read this play many times, and--although Shakespeare always shows me something new--this reading gave me little insight and few surprises. I was struck with two parallels, however--one within the play itself, and one within Shakespeare's body of work. First of all, I appreciated the subtle parallels between the Hotspur-Glendower and the Hal-Falstaff scenes. Each young man spends much of his time needling a self-important, older man who is such a windbag that the audience is almost automat [...]
How hard it must be to fight an enemy you admire; how hard it must be to realise your enemy is a stronger, and perhaps more worthy, man than your son, and how great it must be to realise that you are such a hypocritical fool, and that your son is more than you ever dreamed. But first, you must lament your heir to your advisors, clearly a great move:Yea, there thou mak’st me sad and mak’st me sin In envy that my Lord Northumberland Should be the father to so blest a son— A son who is the th [...]
King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses, #2), William ShakespeareHenry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV (two plays, including Henry IV, Part 2), and Henry V. Henry IV, Part 1 depicts a span of history that begins with Hotspur's battle at Homildon in Northumberland against Douglas late in 1402 and ends with the defeat of [...]
“O, while you live, tell truth, and shame the Devil!” ― William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 1Falstaff!Yes, I knew who he was. But until this year my exposure to Falstaff was mainly second-hand, through books that spoke of him. I hadn't touched any of Shakespeare's histories (I'm not counting Julius Caesar, etc as a history) and so was surprised at just how much I liked this character. There are plays where the character and the play are equally matched (Othello, Hamlet, etc), but ther [...]
Still one of my most favorite histories, or at least part one of perhaps three. ;) Our favorite wastrel, Prince Henry, Hal to his friends, a drunkard, a thief, the bosom buddy of dear fat old Falstaff, hides his bright sun behind vile clouds so as to shine all the brighter when his day finally arrives.In here, of course, we establish the lout with a sharp mind and careful cunning, dissembling for all to see but careful of the long game. When his his father sore needs his son's aid, Hal comes to [...]
The second play about The Wars of the Roses and so massive in history, good ol' Will had to make two parts about this particular king!Henry IV was Henry Bolingbroke, the one who deposed the old king, Richard II. Since then, he has not had a quiet reign. There are still those who want Richard back (funny, considering how many supported Henry because they were unsatisfied with Richard's way of doing things). How did kings usually solve such a problem? Right, with a crusade, what else?! But he face [...]
It may not be immediately obvious to people, when reading something like Drug Gang, but William Shakespeare has been a major and important influence on my writing. As an author, I have taken on board a lot of lessons from Shakespeare in terms of structure, story and character arcs.Henry IV, Part 1 has always been my favourite work of Shakespeare. Primarily, this is because of the gradual transformation that Prince Hal goes through. Also, Falstaff is an amazing character, providing plenty of comi [...]
A prince gone wild22 February 2013 Thank God for Youtube. As I have said before reading a Shakespearian play that I have not seen on either stage or screen can be a difficult task at best. In fact reading any play that I have not seen on stage or screen can be difficult, since they are generally not meant to be read but performed. The printed plays seem to supplement the performances rather than to take their place, so when I came to read this play I searched Youtube and discovered that the BBC [...]
An absolutely brilliant and breathtaking work that is the perfect marriage of poetry, history, and wisdom. Falstaff may be one of the greatest creations of all literature, he is an astounding mix of hilarious wit, well-timed self-deprecation (or should we instead say, full of valour in discretion?), fervent loyalty (I feel the love-me-love-me-love-me need of a Golden Retriever here), and to top that off he stands as the ironic paradigm for honor and knighthood. From what we really know about kni [...]
Having just watched The Hollow Crown, this play was much easier to listen to. The audio alone can be quite confusing, but a familiarity with the play helps. I love this whole cycle of plays. Shakespeare's ability to mix pathos and humor hits its stride in this cycle of plays. The Arkangel recording is excellent, as expected.
This must be one of Shakespeare's best historical dramas, although there's a lot that's invented for dramatic effect; the Bard can never be taken as very historically correct, for he's first and foremost a playwright. The fairly simple plotline following the major points of the reign of the first Lancastrian king is enlivened by the inclusion of what should be Will's most comical character, Sir John Falstaff, bon vivant par excellence, who often steals stage from Prince Hal with his antics, rogu [...]
I love this play, and this edition. It's captivating and insightful, and I'm reading right after finishing "The Plantagenets," which I also recommend, and which teed it up nicely. (That book ends with Henry IV deposing Richard II, leading directly to the situation this play depicts.) One problem with reading the history of the English kings is their stories tend to blur together after while. I've always been able to keep Henry II straight, because I watched "The Lion in Winter" 20 years ago, and [...]
বাঁধাই করানো পেপারব্যাক, প্রায় ষাইট বছর বয়স, ভূমিকাটা ভালো, গত চারশো বছরের মঞ্চায়নের ইতিহাস ভেতরে দেয়া থাকলে আরো ভালো লাগতো।নাটকটা ভালোই বলতে হবে।ফলস্টাফরে অতিমূল্যায়ন করা হইছে, এমনটা বলা [...]
Prince Hal keeps surprising me. Now I'm ready to watch Tom Hiddleston amaze me in the role!!
Of course, five stars! It's William Shakespeare, after all. I love re-reading the plays just to enjoy the richness of the Bard's language. Although a history play, King Henry IV, Part 1 is as much a character study of Prince Hal and Falstaff. The eponymous king is more in the background, fighting a rebellion by Hotspur, Douglas, Owen Glendower, and Worcester -- to name just a few. He knows his hold on the crown is tenuous: When he killed Richard II, he made a lot of promises which he had been sl [...]
This was pretty good!!The story was well developed and I felt like the characters all had a level of depth to them that you quite often don't see in Shakespeare so that was really nice to see!The fact I enjoy the history behind the story makes it even more enjoyable!
I recommend reading this after Richard II. The play offers a continuation of the plot and good historical insights regarding the Wars of Roses.
I reviewed Richard II in January and decided at the time I would review all of the four plays in the series. A mere six months later I’m up to the second play – how hopeless is that? I intend to get through the next couple in what will seem (in comparison at any rate) to be me zipping along at a rate of knots.I had to read this in high school – so thought I would be more familiar with it than it turns out that I am. There were things I remember very well – Falstaff’s ‘honour’ speec [...]
"Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere." Act V scene 4. This is a story of 2 (3(4)) people. I really am out of my element analyzing this because it is a complete play about half of a story. Can't really say if Henry IV, Part 2 is a sequel though I suspect it is not. I will give my best summary of events so far. This play again is a story of relationships in an ever shrinking geometric shape. We begin with the title character (one would do good to remember Richard II and Henry IV last enc [...]
Another great one! If I remember right, the second part of Henry IV is not as greatI'll have to kinda slog through it on my way to Henry V, which at this point is like having sex with your wife. Henry V, not slogging through 2 Henry IV, I mean. I've read Henry V like fifty times and seen the movie at least five - my mom really liked that thing. That and Amadeus. Remember back when VCRs were for watching old movies instead of new ones? ("No, because I'm not a million years old like you." "Get off [...]
Taught this play many times in the 60's and 70's, when it was often the one Shakespeare play in a college Intro to Lit class: great play, but heavily male. After my study with two prominent women Shakespeareans (separate post-docs at Harvard and Breadloaf) I moved, for the sake of my largely female community college students, to stronger women characters in the comedies and, say, Measure for Measure. But I still offhandedly quote from 1H4, say "If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries…"Fal [...]
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5
Again.I prefer seeing the history plays performed over reading them.
Who knew that Shakespeare was the man who penned the first episode of Doctor Who with his creation of the character Falstaff! Falstaff is a man who can travel all of time and space, visiting anything that ever happened or ever will. Where can we start? Falstaff makes his first appearance in this play, which takes place around 1402-03, landing in the midst of the historical battles of Humbleton Hill and Shrewsbury. He supposedly stays around, making a further appearance in this play’s sequel, H [...]
Henry Bolingbroke became Henry VI by stealing the crown with force when Richard's attentions were elsewhere in Ireland, but as Shakespeare opens up his two-part history, Henry wants to forswear conflict in England:'No more the thirsty entrance of this soilShall daub her lips from her own children's blood;No more shall trenching war channel her fields,Nor bruise her flowrets with the armed hoofsOf hostile paces.'Oh, if only it were that easy! Immediately Henry finds himself a monarch at war as a [...]
Four and a half stars, if only I could. The beginning dragged for me, Act 1 and the first part of Act 2, particularly. I can't stand Falstaff Or the way the Prince treats Falstaff. And I find his self justification, the business about how he'll shine brighter because he's been rolling about in the mud (something like that) utterly pathetic. BUT, then things pick up! Hotspur is a hoot, especially his tirade about what a bore Glendower is (Act 3, Scene 1), and Prince Hal improves greatly once he d [...]
Just as I did with Richard II, I read this while watching The Hollow Crown: King Henry IV, Part 1 (2012), starring Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale (who shone the brightest as Falstaff imo). They were both tremendous -- I very much enjoyed both reading the play AND watching the film. My favourite passage has to be this one in particular:(view spoiler)['Tis not due yet; I would be loath to pay him beforehis day. What need I be so forward with him thatcalls not on me? Well, 'ti [...]
I've always found it very odd that this play is about Henry IV. Because it's really not. When you read it (or watch it or listen to it), it doesn't read as Henry IV. It's basically the overly long prequel to Henry V. And Henry V is a huge person for medieval England. He had all of these battles and won them and was amazing. All the kings wanted to be him, or be like him. Probably not die like he did, but that's another story.So, Prince Hal, as he's called in this play, steals the show. This is t [...]
"Ah, whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed knaves!"I'm not really enjoying the history plays, but this line was enough for me to like this one.
L'ho trovato pesantissimo. Tre stelle perché è il minimo canonico per Shakespeare.
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