Henry IV Part 2

Prince Hal/King Henry V Character Analysis

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Starting the play as a drunken, rowdy, fun-loving frat boy, Prince Hal surprises everyone by abandoning his wild ways at his father’s deathbed and maturing into the serious, sober, and fair-minded King Henry V. Rather than usher in an era of debauchery and corruption, as many suspect, King Henry V unsentimentally banishes his beloved old friend Falstaff and commits himself to building a strong and moral England.

Prince Hal/King Henry V Quotes in Henry IV Part 2

The Henry IV Part 2 quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Hal/King Henry V or refer to Prince Hal/King Henry V. 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 2 published in 2006.
Act 2, Scene 2 Quotes

Prince Hal: Before God, I am exceeding weary.



Poins: Is't come to that? I had thought weariness durst not 
have attached one of so high blood.

Prince Hal: Faith, it does me; though it discolours the 
complexion of my greatness to acknowledge it. Doth 
it not show vilely in me to desire small beer? (1-5)

Related Characters: Prince Hal/King Henry V (speaker), Ned Poins (speaker)
Page Number: 2.2.1-6
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Act 4, Scene 3 Quotes

…Lo, where it sits,
Which God shall guard; and put the whole world’s strength
Into one giant arm, it shall not force
This lineal honor from me. This from thee
Will I to mine leave, as ‘tis left to me. (43-47)

Related Characters: Prince Hal/King Henry V (speaker), King Henry IV
Page Number: 4.3.189-195
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Thou hast stol'n that which after some few hours
Were thine without offense, and at my death
Thou hast seal'd up my expectation. (101-103)

Related Characters: King Henry IV (speaker), Prince Hal/King Henry V
Page Number: 4.3.255-257
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Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out,
May waste the memory of the former days. (344-346)

Related Characters: King Henry IV (speaker), Prince Hal/King Henry V
Page Number: 4.3.372-375
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Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

So shall I live to speak my father’s words:
“Happy am I, that have a man so bold,
That dares do justice on my proper son;
And not less happy, having such a son,
That would deliver up his greatness so
Into the hands of justice.” (106-111)

Related Characters: Prince Hal/King Henry V (speaker), King Henry IV, The Lord Chief Justice
Page Number: 5.2.108-113
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…believe me, I beseech you;
My father is gone wild into his grave,
For in his tomb lie my affections;
And with his spirit sadly I survive,
To mock the expectation of the world,
To frustrate prophecies and to raze out
Rotten opinion, who hath writ me down
After my seeming. (122-129)

Related Characters: Prince Hal/King Henry V (speaker), King Henry IV
Page Number: 5.2.123-130
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Act 5, Scene 5 Quotes

I know thee not, old man: fall to thy prayers;

How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!

I have long dream'd of such a kind of man,

So surfeit-swell'd, so old and so profane;

But, being awaked, I do despise my dream.

Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace;

Leave gormandizing; know the grave doth gape

For thee thrice wider than for other men.

Reply not to me with a fool-born jest. (43-52)

Related Characters: Prince Hal/King Henry V (speaker), Sir John Falstaff
Page Number: 5.5.47-55
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Prince Hal/King Henry V Character Timeline in Henry IV Part 2

The timeline below shows where the character Prince Hal/King Henry V appears in Henry IV Part 2. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Induction
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...speak so true at first?” Rumor asks, “my office is to noise abroad that [Prince Hal] fell under the wrath of noble Hotspur’s sword, and that the king before the Douglas’... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 1
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...tells Northumberland that the rebels have won the Battle of Shrewsbury; Hotspur has slain Prince Hal; Douglas has killed the Blunts; Lancaster, Westmoreland, and Stafford have run away; and Falstaff has... (full context)
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...which I would to God I had not seen.” Hotspur has been slain by Prince Hal, Douglas and Worcester have been captured, and the rebel troops are all disbanded. King Henry... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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The Chief Justice enters and Falstaff identifies him as the man who imprisoned Prince Hal after the prince hit him during an argument. Falstaff at first pretends to be deaf.... (full context)
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...for him a long time ago and that he’s charged with debt, corruption of Prince Hal, and the robbery at Gad’s Hill. He says it’s lucky for Falstaff that he fought... (full context)
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...is old. He shakes his head at what a terrible influence Falstaff is on Prince Hal and observes that King Henry IV has separated Falstaff from the prince. Yes, Falstaff replies... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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In London, Prince Hal complains about being tired to Ned Poins, who replies that he thought princes were too... (full context)
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Bardolph enters with Falstaff’s page, who has a letter for Prince Hal from Falstaff. In the letter, Falstaff pretentiously affects the language of a noble, calling himself... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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Prince Hal and Poins enter, disguised as waiters. Not realizing that the prince and Poins are in... (full context)
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Prince Hal and Poins emerge, no longer in disguise, and Hal calls Falstaff out for having just... (full context)
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Falstaff insists that he wasn’t slandering Prince Hal at all, that he only “dispraised [Hal] before the wicked, that the wicked might not... (full context)
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Peto, a drinking buddy of Falstaff and Hal, enters and tells everyone that King Henry IV is in Westminster and that a dozen... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 2
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...girlish, foolish, and cowardly. Boys who do drink wine grow valiant and strong, like Prince Hal who owes his courage to wine consumption (not to his father King Henry IV, who... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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...IV lies sick in bed. He asks his son Humphrey Duke of Gloucester about Prince Hal and Humphrey replies that Hal is out hunting. The king then asks his other son... (full context)
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Prince Hal enters and, hearing King Henry IV is bedridden, says he’ll sit with his father while... (full context)
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...IV wakes and cries out for Clarence, Gloucester, and Warwick, who enter. Hearing that Prince Hal has been sitting with him and noticing the crown gone, the king concludes that his... (full context)
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King Henry IV accuses Prince Hal of wishing him dead. “O foolish youth,” he exclaims, “Thou seek’st the greatness that will... (full context)
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Prince Hal cries out for King Henry IV’s pardon, handing back the crown and swearing his enduring... (full context)
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Moved by his son’s speech, King Henry IV forgives Prince Hal and imparts his final advice lovingly: “God knows, my son,” he says to the prince,... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
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...men take heed of their company.” He thinks happily of how he will make Prince Hal buckle with laughter by telling stories about the justice. “O, it is much that a... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...IV is dead. The Chief Justice says he wishes he, too, were dead, for Prince Hal so loathes him that his life under the new king will be hell. Lancaster, Clarence,... (full context)
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Hal, now King Henry V, enters and, seeing his brothers’ nervous expressions, tells them he understands... (full context)
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...as the representative of King Henry IV, whose power was vested in him. When Prince Hal broke the king’s laws, he punished the prince accordingly. The Chief Justice asks King Henry... (full context)
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King Henry V replies that the Chief Justice was absolutely right to have behaved as he did and... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 3
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...attend them. Pistol arrives and announces the news that King Henry IV has died and King Henry V reigns. Overjoyed, Falstaff immediately prepares to ride off to London, exclaiming that everyone will have... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 5
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Grooms strew rushes on another London street in preparation for King Henry V ’s coronation procession. Falstaff, Justice Shallow, Pistol, Bardolph, and Falstaff’s page stand excitedly in the... (full context)
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King Henry V enters with the Chief Justice and Falstaff shouts “my sweet boy!” “my heart!” trying to... (full context)
Epilogue
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...Falstaff’s story will be picked up again in the next play, which will also include King Henry V ’s future wife Katherine. He promises, too, that Falstaff is not based on the historic... (full context)