King Henry IV, Part I | Critical Essay by Jonathan Crewe

This literature criticism consists of approximately 43 pages of analysis & critique of King Henry IV, Part I.
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Critical Essay by M. C. Bradbrook

SOURCE: “King Henry IV,” in Muriel Bradbrook on Shakespeare, The Harvester Press, 1984, pp. 72-83.

In the following essay, originally published in 1965, Bradbrook offers an overview of Henry IV, Parts I and II, contending that they are political plays that address contemporary political issues.

There was once a summer school at the other Stratford where, in two successive hours, a first speaker said that anyone who doubted the unity of the great continuous ten-act play was disqualified to understand Shakespeare; while a second said that anyone who thought 2 Henry IV more than a feeble ‘encore’ must be illiterate. The link that I would see is that of adaptability, the imaginative ability to create a part and to play it. In Part 1, this playful, heroic, or sometimes merely crafty capacity distinguishes each of the...

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