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The History of King Henry IV, Part I Book Review Summary

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Prince Hal is afraid of the heavy responsibilities that will weigh upon him when he must assume the throne of England, and he seeks to rebel against the expectations that his father has for his reign by drinking and carousing with the W. C. Fields-like John Falstaff, a drunken, whoring, cowardly knight with a devastating wit and a cynical sense of humor. While they eat, drink, and sport with prostitutes, England comes closer and closer to war. The story continues in Part II, when Hal must put aside his irresponsible youth and take upon himself the mantle of leadership as his country goes to war.
This report prepared by Gary L. Pullman








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   distant past/middle ages Life of a profession:    -   king/queen/royalty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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