An Analysis Between The Father And His Son In William Shakespeare’s Henry Iv

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Martial arts is a form of fighting and it contributes greatly on training beginners to self-defend. There are a total of 10 levels to achieve in martial arts: 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Level 1 is represented by the white belt and level 10 is represented by the black belt. The black belt is only given to the trainer once his sensei or teacher feels like the student has earned it. If the sensei does not feel that the trainee is ready for the black belt, then he will reject him. It takes a long time to gain the “sensei’s” trust and achieve his high expectations (“martial art.”) Just like the relationship of the sensei and trainee, in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 Hal tries to gain his father’s trust so he can become prince once and for all. However, the king sees Hal as a dishonoured child that is misled by the darkness of the tavern. Of course, Hal shows his father how trustworthy he can be by leading the battle of Shrewsbury with him and saving King Henry’s life. Hal meets the high expectations of his father and becomes prince like he was intended to be. On the other hand, King Henry obtains his crown by killing the previous king and then receiving the help of the nobles to get him to where he is now. King Henry obtains his supremacies by relying on others, manipulating his associates to gain their limited trust, and by betraying his companions, while Hal becomes crowned prince by relying on his father and betraying his friends of the tavern.
King Henry and Hal attain power over the ruling classes manipulating the citizens of Wales. First, King Henry uses his authoritative power to let the people know that there is nothing to fear and he righteously earned his place on the throne. When King Henry addresses Hal arguing with him, he lets him know that: “By being seldom seen, I could not stir / But like a comet I was wondered at; / That men would tell their children ‘This is he’” (3.2.46-48). Certainly, he has gained the trust of the people and he no longer has to bring up the fact that he overthrew Richard II and became king. Also, King Henry used the comet to symbolize his stunning appearance that appears once in a while. Again, King Henry uses “‘This is He[!]’” as a symbol of respect and greatness that gave the king authoritative power, which allowed him to manipulate the crowds. Second, Hal needs King Henry’s approvable of becoming prince but he must show him that he is fit of such position. Hal tells the king what he wants to hear: “I will redeem all this on Percy’s head, / And, in the closing of some glorious day, / Be bold to tell you that I am your son” (3.2.137-139). He is willing to give up his friends in the tavern to please his father and be crowned prince. Hal will prove his father wrong by killing Hotspur and instead be the son he always dreamed of. Hal will then be given the high reputation of being a prince. Finally, Hal makes a good decision when ignoring Falstaff which will allow him to forget the corrupted...

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