King Henry IV, Part I Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the King say he is envious of at the beginning of the book, and why?

At the beginning of the book, King Henry expresses his envy of Northumberland, Henry Percy's father. He wishes that he could trade his own son, Prince Henry, for Northumberland's Henry Percy.

2. What did Henry Percy do before the play started that angers the King?

The King angered by Henry Percy's pride. Percy is keeping the prisoners and has sent word that the Earl of Fife is the only one he intends to send to the King to be ransomed.

3. What new does Westmoreland bring the king in the first scene?

In the first scene, Westmoreland reports on the events of the past night's council. There is bad news from Wales where Mortimer has been defeated by Glendower.

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