King Henry IV, Part I Essay | The Dramatic and Poetic Impact of "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" in "King Henry IV"

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The Dramatic and Poetic Impact of "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" in "King Henry IV"

Summary: In William Shakespeare's "King Henry IV," the king is troubled by his responsibilities, largely because of the manner in which he gained the throne. Throughout the play, Henry IV is portrayed as a weak leader; he fears history may repeat itself.
The King is troubled by the pressures of ruling a kingdom; `uneasy lies the head that wears a crown'. Many speculate that this is because he doesn't have divine right kingship, at the time Kings believed that their power was installed in them by God. Henry being a usurper does not having this belief because of the manner in which he took the crown.

This uncertainty and doubt in which the King speaks would relate to characteristics of a weak leader. `One might read the book of fate' indicating to us that if he knew what may happen then he would do things differently. For instance that once again Northumberland won't turn up to battle and instead flee for protection in Scotland. The moment King Henry refers to the book he acknowledges...

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