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        Honor in Henry IV, Part 1 | Great Performances : Hollow Crown

        In these three video segments from the Great Performances’ series The Hollow Crown, discover the prevalence of honor as a theme in Henry IV, Part 1. Contrast Falstaff’s rejection of honor, Hotspur’s high regard for the principle, and Hal’s more intermediate view. Consider how the characters’ various views influence their actions throughout the play.

        Falstaff's Honor Speech

        In this video segment, Falstaff contemplates honor and rejects it vehemently as a meaningless word. Consider the impact of this opinion on Falstaff’s character as a whole. This is Act V, scene i from Henry IV, Part 1.

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        Hal's Honor Speech

        Prince Harry (Hal) pays homage to Hotspur after stabbing him to death in this Henry IV, Part 1 video. Although the two men were battlefield enemies, Hal pays a generous tribute to the deceased Harry Percy, calling him a “great heart.” This is Act V, scene iv from Henry IV, Part 1.

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        Hotspur’s Honor Speech

        In this video, Hotspur defies the king by refusing to comply with his request. He angrily tells his father and uncle that King Henry IV has forgotten his debt to their family. The Percys helped him rise to power after Richard II’s death. This is Act I, scene iii from Henry IV, Part 1.

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