King Henry IV, Part I - Act 3, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Act 3, Scene 2 Summary

In London, at the palace, King Henry speaks with his son, Prince Henry. King Henry scolds the prince for his dissolute behavior. The prince blames his youth and asks for his father's pardon. The King continues his speech, reminding the Prince that he has lost the respect of the court and his place in council is held by his younger brother. King Henry says that had his reputation been like his son's he would have lost the support of the people and would have been banished by his enemies, instead of winning the crown. He explains how he won the love of the people by being humble and sober, while the former King appeared irresponsible and shameless. Prince Henry has placed himself in a similar position of disrespect, and he promises to "be more myself" in the future.

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