Henry the Fourth is a play written by English playwright William Shakespeare. The story is set in early 1400s England, and is based on the historical reign of Henry IV. Here in 1.2 our protagonist Prince Henry (Later Henry V) plans to abandon his life of taverns and thieves and show people his goodness.
So when this loose behavior I throw off, and pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so I shall falsify men's hopes, ...
In 2.2 Prince Hal (Henry) and his friend Poins play a joke on their friend Falstaff. After Falstaff and his friends robbed some unsuspecting travelers, Hal and Poins scare them and steal their gold.
These lies are like their father that begets them: gross as a mountain, open and palpable. Why thou clay-brained guts...
Back at the Boar's Head tavern in 2.4, Falstaff recounts the robbery in exaggerated fashion. Henry knows it is a lie and teases Falstaff about it.
A hundred upon poor four of us
When King Henry IV calls for Prince Hal to start behaving like the Prince he is in 3.2, he vows to prove himself by defeating the rebel Hotspur.
I will redeem all this on Percy's head, and, in the closing of some glorious day, be bold to tell you that I am your son, when I will wear a garment all of blood...
Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion, and showed thou mak'st some tender of my life
Hold up thy head, vile Scot, or thou art like never to hold it up again!
In 5.4, before even meeting Hotspur, the King is proud of Prince Henry for saving him from the Scotsman Douglas
The climax of the story is in 5.4, where Prince Henry and Hotspur finally meet each other in battle. It is fierce and long- fought, but Henry finally kills Hotspur and wins the Battle of Shrewsbury.
O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth. I better brook the loss of brittle life...
Fare thee well, great heart. Ill-weaved ambition, how much art thou shrunk!