Hal’s Transformation

Hal’s Transformation

In Henry IV, Part 1, Hal prophetically muses “I’ll so offend to make offense a skill, redeeming time when men think least I will.” Indeed, Hal engages in crime and debauchery throughout the play, most especially with “that villainous abominable misleader of youth, Falstaff.” And then, as Hal predicts, he transforms from an irresponsible, wayward youth to a mature and disciplined King. Hal’s transformation reinforces the theme of the Prodigal Son, which Shakespeare explores in the drama.

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