Henry IV Part 1

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Sir Walter Blunt Character Analysis

A loyal noblemen and messenger for King Henry who dresses up as the king during the Battle of Shrewsbury in order to confuse the rebels and protect the king. Sir Walter Blunt is slain by Douglas but never gives up his duty, claiming to be the king right up to the end.

Sir Walter Blunt Quotes in Henry IV Part 1

The Henry IV Part 1 quotes below are all either spoken by Sir Walter Blunt or refer to Sir Walter Blunt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Henry IV Part 1 published in 2005.
Act 4, Scene 3 Quotes

…the King hath sent to know
The nature of your griefs; and whereupon
You conjure them from the breast of civil peace
Such bold hostility, teaching his duteous land
Audacious cruelty. If that the King
Have any way your good deserts forgot,
Which he confesseth to be manifold,
He bids you name your griefs; and with all speed
You shall have your desires with interest,
And pardon absolute for yourself and these
Herein misled by your suggestion.

Related Characters: Sir Walter Blunt (speaker), Hotspur (Henry Percy), King Henry IV, Earl of Worcester, Earl of Douglas, Sir Richard Vernon
Page Number: 4.3.47-57
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Henry IV sends a messenger to Hotspur and his followers, who by this point in the text have instigated a full-out rebellion against the king. Henry asks Hotspur to reconsider his actions--he promises to forgive Hotspur for his act of rebellion and pay Hotspur's peers well if they declare their loyalty to him. In short, Henry IV is trying to avoid a bloody war--but too late.

Henry IV's actions show that he's generally a good king, and prefers peace to bloodshed, even if it's "honorable" bloodshed. If he were as volatile as Hotspur, he certainly never would have offered any kind of apology or reparations, but would have immediately launched into battle. At the same time, were he as agile as Prince Hal, Henry might have been able to use rhetorical skill and timing in a better way, to actually prevent war.

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Sir Walter Blunt Character Timeline in Henry IV Part 1

The timeline below shows where the character Sir Walter Blunt appears in Henry IV Part 1. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...a room in the palace in London where King Henry, the Earl of Westmoreland, and Sir Walter Blunt gather with attendants. King Henry announces that, though England has been recently embroiled in bloody... (full context)
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...King Henry replies that he’s heard the outcome of this battle from his trusted friend Sir Walter Blunt , who has sped down from Holmedon to deliver the welcome message that Douglas has... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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In another room of the London palace, King Henry, Northumberland, Worcester, Hotspur, and Sir Walter Blunt gather with attendants. King Henry announces that he’s been acting too soft lately but that... (full context)
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...angrily and, though he can’t remember exactly what he says, insists he didn’t mean it. Sir Walter Blunt chimes in, insisting that whatever Hotspur may have said under such circumstances is dead speech... (full context)
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...right away, telling Hotspur he’ll face grim consequences if he doesn’t comply. King Henry and Sir Walter Blunt exit with attendants. (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Sir Walter Blunt enters and tells them Mortimer has just sent word that Douglas and the English rebels... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Sir Walter Blunt enters delivering a message from King Henry: the king, hoping to preserve peace, has invited... (full context)
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Sir Walter Blunt asks whether he should convey their commitment to King Henry, but Hotspur says not to... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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At King Henry’s camp near Shrewsbury, King Henry, Prince Hal, Prince John, Sir Walter Blunt , and Falstaff observe the dawn. The king says the blood-red sun looks angry at... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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On the battlefield, Douglas meets Sir Walter Blunt and, mistaking him for King Henry, challenges him to fight. Blunt goes along with Douglas’... (full context)
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Falstaff enters and stumbles on Sir Walter Blunt ’s corpse and says “there’s honor for you!” He hopes not to get killed himself.... (full context)
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...rides off. Alone on stage, Falstaff reflects that he wants no part of the honor Sir Walter Blunt has: “give me life,” Falstaff says, “if not, honor comes unlooked for, and there’s an... (full context)