Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 31, 2013: What's Happening in A.P. Literature?

Happy Halloween!
1. Arrange the desks for a Socratic seminar.
2. Non-participants: Please volunteer for one of these jobs:
  • scribe (on class blog)
  • record-keeper
  • quote-keeper (Would you also serve as a time-keeper? Stop us in time to do the go-around at the end!)
HW--Write about Henry IV, Part 1 on your Big Question Blog. This is due tomorrow.
Review some of the key speeches in Henry--those by Henry, Hal, Hotspur, Falstaff. Put a few small quotes in your head that you can insert in your essay. Adding the actual language of the play will contribute to the richness of your detail.


  1. AP Lit Final Henry IV Socratic
    • Is Hal remorseful about killing Hotspur?
    o No; because they needed to fight to prove that he was worthy as a king.
    o Page 215 soliloquy of Hal
     Covering face
    o Hal respects Hotspur but one of them had to die
    o Gaining honor and name through battle
     Honor warriors in noble battle
    • What was Shakespeare trying to symbolize with the absence of Mortimer and Northumberland?
    o Although it is historically true, it shows how the rebel cause fell apart.
    • Do you think Hotspur would have accepted peace if he knew it was an option?
    o He was eager to fight for his cause so it could go either way. He also wanted to spare innocent lives. Both are honorable.
    o Hotspur laments over how many people would die that didn’t need to, but hard to tell if he would give up.
    • At the end, how has the relationship between Hal and Falstaff changed? Was it the same?
    o Falstaff said he would give up sac if he began a Lord.
    o After his death, he gives Hal sac when it should be the sword  symbol
    o Two father figures: King and Falstaff
     What did Falstaff do to help prepare him for being a King/man?
    • Play in the pub: Hal recognizes that Falstaff is important.
    • Falstaff shows that a King is a person not just a ruler.
     Falstaff was the only one who pushed him to be a good person in his future.
    o Did Hal’s “bad boy” phase teach him how to be human and not just royalty?
    o Falstaff wanted to give Hal something to rebel against. Offering himself up as a father figure to rebel against so Hal can be successful as a king.
    o Drunken friendship but benefits both sides.
    o King thinks Hal should not be out in public as much  loose the shine.
     George and Bill bad boy presidents
    • Royal Court in England: helpful to rebel
     Need to release so that when they are in office they don’t embarrass themselves. Important to rebel/let loose.
    • Healthy to rebel and find yourself  struggle
    • They are in the news
    o Hal has lived their life now so when he is king he is more empathetic.
    o Tavern crawlers are more interested in the corruption of government.
     Jack likes to be around those people because he can relate.
     They are the ones being affected by the choices of the government.
    o Why does Hal let Falstaff take credit for killing Hotspur?

  2.  Shows Hal as a leader. Is not longer concerned about credit, just cares that his side was successful. Attempting to humor Falstaff; letting him have a last hoorah.
     Roles have switched and Hal is now a father figure. Shows transformation from teenager in a bar to an adult who wants to help his people.
     Hal did that for his dad, so he would gain respect their.
    • Only his dad opinions matter, not the regular people.
    • Why did Falstaff want the credit/honor?
     Hal’s parting gift to Falstaff  friendship is at the end of the road.
     Is Henry a good father?
    • Mediocre: gave them something to work up to but was tough.
     Henry wasn’t a respected king but was a good dad.
    • Two faced: good and bad sides which spark rebellion.
     Dishonorable to have fake kings on the battlefield.
    • Decoys showed Henry’s cowardly attributes.
    • He is not loyal and lets his people die.
    • Kicks people off court that made him King.
    o Is this an anti-war play?
     Rebels represent war. Hotspur is brave but dies a brutal death at the hands of Hal who wants peace. War dies at the hand of peace. War leads to heartbreak for those involved.
     How much Falstaff doesn’t care that all his men died.
     Shakespeare inserting his own opinion?
    • The glory of war and his respect for them.
     Shows an argument not a side.
     Hotspur’s father gets sick before battle  foreshadows outcome.
     Worcester did not accept peace offering because he knew he would take blame for corrupting leader of rebels.
     Everyone hates that everyone has to die but it is just the way it is.
     How people who die for the victors are noble but when you lose there is no honor.
    o Is Falstaff an innocent character?
     What is innocent?
     Has pure qualities but isn’t innocent.
     Has a clear mindset but isn’t physically pure.
     Wasn’t hungry for the glory but just acted on his own agenda.
     “Before I knew thee Hal I knew nothing.”
    • Contrasts simple live life for life.
    o Wrap- Up:
     Falstaff doesn’t die  shows innocence
     Hal became more respected character
     What Shakespeare is saying about honor?
     Is Falstaff a critical character?
     How people in society are affected?
     Outside view not royalty.
     Falstaff’s innocence and what his true character is.
     War discussion and how Shakespeare shows it.
     How giving kill to Falstaff pays Hal’s debt.
     How peace overcomes war.
     Why is Falstaff important?
     Hotspur symbolizes war.
     Relationship of Hal and Henry and Falstaff.
     Relationship of Henry and Hotspur.
     Henry is respected King and smart.
     Play is titles Henry IV but it’s about Hal.
     Falstaff brings out foolish actions.
     Importance of honor
     What is the purpose of all of history?