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        Parent-Child Relationships in Shakespeare’s Works

        This series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered explores parent-child relationships in Henry IV and The Tempest. The videos explore the relationship between King Henry IV and his son Hal, highlighting how the King is at first disappointed with Hal and how their relationship evolves and strengthens. The segments from The Tempest highlight Miranda's "moment of disobedience," Prospero’s efforts to protect her, and how the parent-child dynamic changes when the lead role is played by a woman.

        A Royal Family | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This segment explores the father-son relationships in Henry IV, Part I. It highlights King Henry IV's disappointment with his son and his desire to instead have Harry Hotspur as his son. The segment also discusses how the fun-loving Sir John Falstaff serves as a type of alternative father for Prince Hal.

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        Role-Playing in "Henry IV" | Shakespeare Uncovered

        This excerpt from Henry IV highlights the scene in which Prince Hal and Falstaff act out the roles of Hal and King Henry IV in preparation for Hal's upcoming meeting with his father; it also foreshadows Hal's eventual split with Falstaff. The segment also looks at the eventual meeting between father and son.

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        The Battle of Shrewsbury

        Host Jeremy Irons explains that while the recent production of Henry IV in which he starred staged the summertime Battle of Shrewsbury in the winter, it was Shakespeare himself who took the greater liberty for dramatic effect by making Prince Hal and his rival Harry Hotspur peers, when in fact they were of entirely different generations. This segment highlights how Henry IV and Hal’s relationship was strengthened by fighting alongside each other in the battle.

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        Prospero and Miranda

        This segment explores the relationship between Prospero and his daughter Miranda in The Tempest and highlights Prospero’s love and devotion to Miranda, as well as his desire to control her.

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        Parenting and Gender Roles in The Tempest

        This video explores how gender impacts the role of Prospero in The Tempest. When played by a man (as Shakespeare originally intended), he appears as the archetypal competitive male, but when played by a woman, in this case by Helen Mirren as Prospera, the character appears more like a “tigress protecting her cub”--even though the script is the same.

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        Miranda's Disobedience

        This video highlights a secret rendezvous that Miranda has with Ferdinand against her father’s wishes, while she thinks her father is otherwise occupied. Prospero is shown secretly watching Miranda as she falls in love with Ferdinand.

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        Funder: Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project’s lead foundation sponsor, the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.
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