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Henry IV, Part 1 (Shakespeare Made Easy) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare
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April 1, 1985 0812035852 978-0812035858 1st U.S.
Here are the books that help teach Shakespeare plays without the teacher constantly needing to explain and define Elizabethan terms, slang, and other ways of expression that are different from our own. Each play is presented with Shakespeare's original lines on each left-hand page, and a modern, easy-to-understand "translation" on the facing right-hand page. All dramas are complete, with every original Shakespearian line, and a full-length modern rendition of the text. These invaluable teaching-study guides also include:

1. Helpful background information that puts each play in its historical perspective.

2. Discussion questions that teachers can use to spark student class participation, and which students can use as springboards for their own themes and term papers.

3. Fact quizzes, sample examinations, and other features that improve student comprehension of what each play is about.

Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare Made Easy
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 1st U.S. edition (April 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812035852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812035858
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My student were never so happy May 15, 2000
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase when I told them about this book. It makes both content and context much easier. They understand what is being said and why it is important. I recommend this series to anyone studying Shakespeare. It cuts through all the language barriers and leaves you with and easily understandable text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Adaptation February 13, 2000
I really like this seris of Shakespeare's work. If you read the original and then the new version, you get a feeling of his beutiful peotry while still being able to follow the story. My 10 year old brother reads it and has no problems with it what so ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No One Is Honorable January 19, 2003
In contrast to moralistic King Lear, this play is morally ambivalent. No one is really honorable in this play. Falstaff and Prince Hal play anti-hero bandits similar to modern day characters in movies like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hal's father, King Henry IV is an outlaw himself who has usurped the throne from the legitimate king, though he himself pretends that he is not and the therefore rebellion against him is not legitimate.
The subplot involving Prince Hal and Falstaff are the comical parts of the play and Shakespheare reveals an attraction to low- life living in which these robbers carouse at bars and brothels and play jokes on each other. One gets the impression that it is fun to indulge oneself without getting too hung up on moral quibbles. Shakespheare makes banditry look charming, charismatic and romantic. My criticism is that the scenes aren't that funny to read about, although if one saw good actors acting the scenes out, it could be funnier, which brings up the weakness of merely reading plays, instead of watching them, which is how they are really are supposed to be experienced.
Hotspur and his company rebel against Henry IV, but they were actually formerly his supporters in Henry's conspiracy to take the throne from the previous king, so I don't think that they are very honorable either. The scenes with Hotspur and Henry IV are the main part of play which is more serious than the subplot. The two plots are conjoined by Prince Hal and his decision to "come clean" and stop being a lowly bandit and participate in the high banditry of his father the King as the King tries to secure his throne that is not legitimately his.
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