Henry IV, Part 2

Henry IV Part I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket Convenience however is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series Here is an e

  • Title: Henry IV, Part 2
  • Author: William Shakespeare Stephen Orgel A.R. Braunmuller Claire McEachern
  • ISBN: 9780140714579
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A R I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A R Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation Patrick Stewart The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.Each volume features Authoritative, reliable texts High quality introductions and notes New, readable trade trim size An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare s life and the selection of texts

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    1. This is a much chillier, soberer world than the first part of Henry IV, lacking in both its good humor and its generosity. Falstaff is not nearly so funny apart from Hal, Prince John is a much icier foil than the mercurial Hotspur, and Hal himself--whom we wish to like--makes himself disagreeable by stealing his dying father's crown and snubbing the fat knight we love. Yet Shakespeare, by subtle degrees, leads us to the point where we come to admire Hal and believe in his moral transformation. I [...]

    2. “Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition”- William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1I was recently at a book signing for Don Winslow's new book The Force and he brought up his life-long fascination with Shakespeare and how the Godfather books/movies (at least the first two) are basically a retelling of Shakespeare's Henry IV with the moral poles flipped (with Al Pacino playing Hal and Diane Keaton as a gender-bent Falstaff). I can run with that. Anyway, Henry IV, Part 2 is fantastic. [...]

    3. I can't consider these plays as solitary occasions. I'm all teary-eyed.Who knew I could shed tears for poor old Falstaff, even now? I mean, sure, he's a fool and a rascal and incorrigible, but at the core of it, he and Hal were friends, weren't they?And yet, even while I hate Hal a little for his decision, I love him all the more for it and everything else. Truly, he was the best king. Not only very aware of his audience, but always playing to every side, learning the craft of people and of hard [...]

    4. Henry IV, Part 2 (Wars of the Roses, #3), William ShakespeareHenry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and succeeded by Henry V. The play is often seen as an extension of aspects of Henry IV, Part 1, rather than a straightforward continuation of the historical narrative, placing more emphasis on the highly popular character of Falstaff and introducing other co [...]

    5. The groundwork for this play that is full of morale and still some comic relief was given in the first part. As I said, there was a lot of history to tell so Shakespeare divided it up.In this 2nd part, the battle of Shrewsbury is over, Hotspur is dead, Hal (King Henry IV's son) returns victorious. This part definitely focuses on Hal and his further passage from scandalous young bloke to a man of honour - and it is about Falstaff and how he falls from grace. This last bit can be seen most clearly [...]

    6. The prodigal prince returns15 May 2013 In the particular edition of this play that I read the editors included and essay by Harold Jenkins (not that that name means anything to me) about whether Henry IV is two five act plays or one ten act play. Personally I don't care either way and would really not want to write a major thesis on that particular point, but that is probably because there is so much more with regards to Shakespearian plays, such as the nature of the human condition, and also th [...]

    7. I really did expect to like this play much more than I did. I read somewhere that both plays had originally been one play, but that the Falstaff character proved so popular that Shakespeare split the play in two and added more Falstaff. This play doesn’t quite hang together as well as part one. I’m tempted to say something about sequels always being crap. In many ways this is the same story over again – but bizarrely Falstaff and Hal hardly meet in the play – they only meet as ‘friends [...]

    8. This is the first of Shakespeare’s plays that fell completely flat for me. How could the world’s greatest dramatist write a play so singularly devoid of drama? The impending battle comes to naught; Falstaff wastes his time doing God-knows-what; and Prince Henry undergoes an instantaneous character development that is hard to believe, and even harder to approve of. The two scenes of real conflict—when the dying king Henry IV thinks that Prince Hal is usurping the throne, and when the new ki [...]

    9. This wasn't as good as the first part but it was still okay. Kind of lost interest due to there being so many characters and it all got a little hard to follow but I did really like the ending!

    10. Jeremy Irons as King Henry IVTom Hiddleston as Prince HalSimon Russell Beale as FalstaffJulie Walters as Mistress QuicklyAlun Armstrong as Northumberland 3/4 Rebels continue to plot against Henry IV. Falstaff hopes for high office. Cry God For Harry - An adaptation from Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry VFirst broadcast 1977 (R7 repeat 2004, 2005)Cast:Robert Lang, Alan Howard, Brewster Mason, Peter Egen,Donald Huston, David Buck, Susan Thomas, MauriceDenham, Michael Godfrey, John Hollis, John Bu [...]

    11. This second part was still enjoyable despite not being as funny as the first, and the humour being a bit cruder in my opinion. Falstaff is the same as before, but this time round he's less amusing in comparison, because by now everyone is sobering up and changing but him, who clings to his buffoonery and is made to pay for it at last. We do learn a little more of his background story, however, with the revelation that he'd not always been the libertine he currently is and that he served Mowbray, [...]

    12. I have not been posting recently because I have found that my most meaningful reads continue to be in groups of unexpectedly related books along with a critical volume to prompt insights. So reviews pile up because I have to finish all of the books before I write.This time I picked up the second book of the Gormenghast triology by Mervyn Peake and the third book of Shakespeare’s Henry IV tetralogy, while continuing to work through Derek Traversi’s Shakespeare: From ‘Richard II’ to ‘Hen [...]

    13. Well, I finished! This play has a whole hell of a lot of characters and I totally couldn't keep track of who was on which side. This was not the one to read when I've had five hours of sleep per night for three weeks and I have an attention span about like a gnat.Must reread at some point.

    14. HENRY IV, Part 2, is a "sequel", in the modern sense of the term, to HENRY IV, Part 1. This play again puts on stage Prince Hal, Henry IV's son, and the witty John Falstaff as well as all the characters we met in the first part.Henry IV is dying. Prince Hal has proved himself as a great soldier. However, he still seems to consort with prostitutes and tavern dwellers. Falstaff status in the world has gone up (a little). He spends most of his time drinking and bragging about his relationship with [...]

    15. King Henry IV Part Two ends in transition, both for the English political atmosphere and for the central characters. Part of this transition takes place in the audiences' perspective. We witness the rise of a young prince and the deterioration of an illegitimate king amidst the fog of civil war. And yet Shakespeare twists the end. The truly naive patron cannot predict precisely how these events will resolve. I did not imagine King Henry IV repenting the means of his ascension, nor did I imagine [...]

    16. The Folger library edition is a very fine edition; if I were rating strictly according to the quality of the scholarship shown here, I'd cheerfully rate the book at five stars. The play itself, however, is one of the weakest of Shakespeare's plays. The plot isn't as vile as I find the plot in the Taming of the Shrew; the misogyny displayed here is of the common, garden variety of the misogyny found throughout Shakespeare, rather than the exceptional, "beyond the call of cultural duty" variety fo [...]

    17. I love the history plays — my interest in British history has been piqued! Reading Shakespeare’s plays in the chronological order in which he is presumed to have written them I find his growth as playwright is in direct correlation to my appreciation of his plays; and to the blog, The Play's The Thing: Reading Shakespeare with Dennis Abrams, for making that possible.Though Hotspur was important in the transition of Hal to Henry V, I found him to be a character for whom I had little sympathy. [...]

    18. The commonwealth is sick of their own choice,Their over-greedy love hath surfeited.I wasn't very impressed with Part 1, and picked this up thinking it's the continuation of action-oriented drama peppered with obscene jokes. (Even guys who like watching action movies don't enjoy reading the screenplays, do they?) Well, it mostly is like that, but there is more insights in politics and life, as in Richard II.Still, this drama doesn't even have a protagonist. The closest it comes is Falstaff; it ca [...]

    19. Once again, that missing fifth star is Falstaff's fault. I really can't stand him, and I think I disliked him even more this second time -- the scene with Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet most particularly. Otherwise this was wonderful.________Third time, and, unlike King Henry IV, Part 1, which moved up to five stars on my latest reading, this one still only earns four. Not that four is not good. But this play is just so sordid that, despite recognizing its merits (and, as always, I thank Ma [...]

    20. Again, Shakespeare's histories are sort of new to me, I am embarrassed to say. I won't try to add my feeble little voice to 300 years of Shakespearian lit crit, but I must say Falstaff on the actual page is considerably crueler, pettier and meaner than his popular image would lead one to think. He is damned funny though. Incidentally, my recent Shakespeare jag has been via a set of 1888 Plays edited by the Rev. Hudson (no relation, so far as I know). I didn't feel like screwing around finding th [...]

    21. A strange play, even disturbing. The first part was a crowd-pleaser, full of action, comedy, and strongly individualized characters representing ideologies and ways of life from which Prince Hal, on his path to the throne, will have to choose. In this second part, events prove anti-climactic; instead of a final battle with the rebels against the usurper Henry IV, we get a rather chilling scene in which Prince John tricks them into disbanding their army with promises of truce and then has them ex [...]

    22. I listened to the Arkangel full cast production of the play while reading the text from the Delphi Complete Works of Shakespeare. This is the second of King Henry and the third of the plays in the group. I found it just as witty as the other plays of Shakespeare and combined with the bawdy songs and capers pulled off with some of the characters like Folstaff a totally delightful play. In this play the Prince of Wales is confronted by his father the dying King and as the crown passes the Prince f [...]

    23. Still not a fan of Shakespeare's Histories. With the big edition of Shakespeare I'm reading, I pretty much have finished all the plays that I had no interest in reading beforehand. There maybe others, but for now they look interesting. I still read these though. Can have a goal of reading all Shakespeare and skipping ones. The next two in my book I will skip only because I read them before and don't feel the need to reread them. Even though I've given this book and others a less favorable star r [...]

    24. Of the four plays that make up Shakespeare's second history cycle, Henry IV Part 2 is the one that has most difficulty in existing as a stand-alone play. The very title informs the reader/audience that they have missed out something if they failed to at least read the first part. Similarly, the action of the play follows directly on from the earlier play, with the divisions and inter-relationships already in place.This is one reason (though not the only one) why the play is the least satisfactor [...]

    25. I really enjoyed the first part but in this second part, apart from Falstaff's humour, nothing was interesting for me .

    26. This Shakespeare play is one of the not-quite-so-brilliant Shakespeare plays, and thus the three stars. Look out for a review on Vintage Novels soon!

    27. "Unimitated, unimitable Falstaff!"-- so Dr Johnson described the most brilliant character in the Henry IV plays, and it is for Falstaff that we read these two plays today. The rest of the characters, who may be interesting, are wholly and utterly overshadowed by Falstaff's girth and genuine levity.

    28. Henry IV Part 2 isn't quite as exciting as the rousing and blockbuster showdown of Part 1. It's much chillier. Falstaff isn't as fun, though his rhetoric and prose is as full of the life principle as it was in Part 1. If I am not as enthused yet with Falstaff as Harold Bloom is, I do admire his characterization and his interesting fool-profundity, even as he is a thoroughly immoral character in many ways. Mark Van Doren, in his book Shakespeare, has some words to say:"No play of Shakespeare's is [...]

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