Even if you were not in the fall course, Henry IV, Part 1, you will easily pick up the second of the Henry IV plays which continues the journey of Prince Hal as he passes through carefree younger days and moves with an increasing sense of responsibility towards his ultimate coronation as Henry V. The play continues to explore the relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hal (and the escapades of Falstaff). We will examine this play one act per session, taking particular notice of Shakespeare’s insightful counter-balancing of the world of the court and the world of the tavern and the ways in which these two worlds interact and comment on one another.
INSTRUCTOR: Jim Foley is an Emeritus Professor of English at Worcester State University with interest in Shakespeare, 19th century American Literature, and drama.
REQUIRED BOOK: Any edition of Henry IV, Part 2.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609