The Role of Falstaff in Prince Hal’s Image

Prince Harry (a.k.a. “Hal”) is the Prince of Wales and inheritor to the
British regime, although this cannot be easily noted at the opening of
the play owing to his behavior. However, his behavior changes and image
turns around which is evident when he becomes king. This influence can
be observed when Hal and Falstaff made the Tavern of Boar`s Head into a
ridicule royal court, where Falstaff acts the King while Hal acts as
himself, the prince. This is great fun, although it is also significant
since Hal was able to practice how to perform like a prince.
The role of Falstaff in shaping the language of prince Hal is not so
clear as it plays a hidden significance. As a companion to the prince,
it is expected that this friendship will continue to be smooth all way
along, but this is not so. One may have literal critic for Hal`s
affection and cruelty toward Falstaff as the prince’s way of
expressing his anger at his real father while avoiding consequences of
disrespecting him as the king. So many times that Hal doesn`t act like a
royalty, for instance in the way Hal brags to Poins (Shakespeare 48).
He brags that, he can get close to the commoners by learning their
language until they believe he is their sworn brother something that
changes as when he becomes king.
Falstaff in the better part of the play becomes the substitute father to
the young Prince Hall. Actually, Hal learns the characters of genuine
fondness and playfulness. It is significant noting that, Hal`s from time
to time had some coldness over Falstaff, and this gives the reader
plenty of evidence to implying that he felt some affection for his ally.
When the two, Falstaff and Hal, chill together, they plan a common which
was the Gads Hill robbery. Further, when the sheriff appears looking for
Falstaff after robbery, Hal successfully covers for him and allows
Falstaff to escape. Actually, Falstaff is more than a just a companion,
he is also a type of substitute father to the young prince Hal at the
time of need for a guide, since his relationship with his king father is
pretty stressed.
Falstaff plays the role of a middle character between Prince Hal and his
father who are not in good terms. Falstaff was not only diminished in
favor of Prince Hal, although his influence upon Hal was also
downplayed. Prince Hal’s development can be traced predominantly in
his relation with two characters with Falstaff and his father
(Shakespeare 48). The intrigue upon the three characters Falstaff,
Prince Hal and his father, is what attracts the play’s leading actors
and scenes through out the play.
Falstaff takes a literary role of making sure that, other characters in
the play don’t realize the real character of Prince Hal. This role is
not even known to him but to the playwright and an analytical reader. Of
the acts achievements, the most significant is the lead at Canterbury,
at this time however, Prince was assumed to be unlettered, rude and
shallow since his friends had been assume to be that. For instance, the
Archbishop, like everybody else, had misjudged Hal’s actual character,
which is precisely what the prince had anticipated. He calculatingly
lowered expectations before he takes on the throne. Prince Hal grew into
the proficient King Henry V simply by hiding his factual self, using his
foundation companions to protect his actual identity.
Chronicle play is a play or drama based on the chronicles in English,
predominantly those of Edward Hall. These plays were popular during late
Elizabeth I rein and the story of Prince Hal is much related due to the
burst of patriotism portrayed in the play King Henry IV. Starting as
loosely prearranged depictions of events around Prince Hal, battle
scenes and the events of the single king reign as the play is marked by
complex characterization and humorous subplots.
Work Cited
William Shakespeare. Shakespeare`s Henry IV, Part 1. Great Claredon
Street: Oxford University Press, 1984. Print.
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