henry iv: part 1

Happy birthday to William Shakespeare, born on 23 April in 1564. Here are some of my favorite Shakespeare books: a huge Globe Illustrated Shakespeare, my beloved Complete Pelican Shakespeare (which was used in my university Shakespeare course), some vintage hardcover Shakespeare editions from the ‘40s, and The Merchant of Venice (1892). What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

am studying shakespeare’s henry iv part one in class and it just struck me how alike it is in spirit to the lion king, in fact much so than hamlet

like both are essentially coming-of-age stories, with the main character as a young prince (hal and simba) who is led astray by these comic side characters who are warm-hearted layabouts (falstaff and timon and pumba) before recognizing the need to go back to court and defeat treasonous forces (scar + hyenas, and hotspur + the rebel army,) and in so doing accept the mantle of leadership, eventually taking his place as king in the “circle of life.” whereas with hamlet there is really only a superficial resemblance in terms of similar plot/characters.


𝖬𝗒 𝗋𝖾𝖿𝗈𝗋𝗆𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇, 𝗀𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗍’𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈’𝖾𝗋 𝗆𝗒 𝖿𝖺𝗎𝗅𝗍,
𝖲𝗁𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝗌𝗁𝗈𝗐 𝗆𝗈𝗋𝖾 𝗀𝗈𝗈𝖽𝗅𝗒 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖺𝗍𝗍𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗍 𝗆𝗈𝗋𝖾 𝖾𝗒𝖾𝗌
𝖳𝗁𝖺𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝖼𝗁 𝗁𝖺𝗍𝗁 𝗇𝗈 𝖿𝗈𝗂𝗅 𝗍𝗈 𝗌𝖾𝗍 𝗂𝗍 𝗈𝖿𝖿.
𝖨’𝗅𝗅 𝗌𝗈 𝗈𝖿𝖿𝖾𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗈 𝗆𝖺𝗄𝖾 𝗈𝖿𝖿𝖾𝗇𝖼𝖾 𝖺 𝗌𝗄𝗂𝗅𝗅,
𝖱𝖾𝖽𝖾𝖾𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗂𝗆𝖾 𝗐𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝗆𝖾𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝗅𝖾𝖺𝗌𝗍 𝖨 𝗐𝗂𝗅𝗅.

Henry IV, pt 1 


‘So, when this loose behaviour I throw off
And pay the debt I never promised,
By how much better than my word I am,
By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes;
And like bright metal on a sullen ground,
My reformation, glittering o'er my fault,
Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes
Than that which hath no foil to set it off.
I’ll so offend, to make offence a skill;
Redeeming time when men think least I will.’

Prince Henry

Shakespeare, Henry IV (part 1), Act I Scene II

The Hollow Crown, ep 2, Henry IV (part 1)

at this point when i see a quote comparing falstaff and hamlet, i don’t even have to guess who it’s from anymore. it’s from harold bloom. it’s always harold bloom. 

seriously though, what is the appeal of comparing falstaff and hamlet?? i don’t understand. free us