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Politics as Theater in Henry IV, Part I

Lecture no. 10 from the course: How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

Politics as Theater in Henry IV, Part I

Taught by Professor Marc C. Conner | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Here, the dynamic of appearance versus reality illuminates the making of a king. In the dual world of the Court and the Tavern, witness Shakespeare’s use of theatrical role-playing to reveal Prince Hal and Falstaff to themselves, and grasp how Hal’s journey to kingship takes on the nature of a calculated “performance.”

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