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Henry Iv, Part 1, By Shakespeare

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In order for one to keep their political status and please their country, there are some qualities, traits and skills required. For some, political skills may be a natural or intuitive trait. For others, it feels uncomfortable and takes excessive effort. In either case, political skills must be practiced and honed in order to recap its benefits. For instance, one may naturally possess skills such as listening to others, communicating and commitment. On the other hand, one may not possess those skills and it may require excessive effort to possess those skills. Prince Hal realizes that he must learn to possess these characteristics if he wants to be a successful king. Henry IV, Part 1 by Shakespeare deals with the struggle of King Henry IV to maintain his control of the English throne which he usurped from Richard II. The play deals with the conflict between King Henry IV and his son, Prince Harry, and their tense relationship. King Henry is the ruling king of England. He is worn down by worries and guilty feelings about having won his throne through a civil war. Hal, the Prince of Wales who demonstrates his ability to manipulate others to complete his selfish goals. Hal is an effective leader because unlike his father, his mastery of language shows that he will be a virtuous ruler, able to understand lower and upper class and manipulate them to believe his words.
Hal is the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne was able to manipulate both the nobles and the court in order to satisfy his needs. Firstly, his ability to speak confidently between the lower class and upper class allowed him to gain authority of many things. In the beginning of the play, Poins tells Hal and Falstaff there is a robbery planned for early morning and Falstaff says he will participate in the robbery. However, Hal and Poins make a joke to make Falstaff look foolish by pretending to get lost and not show up at the meeting place. Poins says that they will “set forth before or after them, and appoint them a place of meeting” but they will “pleasure to fail” (1.2.144-146). Hal is able to plot a plan against anyone, whether it is upper or lower class. He has the ability to manipulate anyone and feet no pity towards his “friend.” Secondly, Hal has different views compared to his father on governing and how to please his country. Prince Hal is convincing his father that when it is time for him to take his responsibilities, he will. Hal says that if he can demonstrate that he is not guilty of the false charges then King Henry will forgive him when he does confess of the youthful indiscretions he actually did commit. Hal says that these charges are “nothing pleaseth but rare accidents.” (1.2.178) He states that he may be acting like hooligan now, but when he does take up his duties he will begin to act like a king. He clarifies that when he is done behaving in a foolish way and he accepts his responsibilities, he will seem like a far better man to the...

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