Honor is something that is very much illustrated in the play of Henry IV. Analyzing honor in a play such as The First Part of Henry IV can be interesting, yet challenging. Honor is depicted in a variety of ways. To have honor is described by holding such qualities as being loyal, brave, and honest. Shakespeare seemed to prefer someone who had honor in his or her lives. I believe Shakespeare showed this because he wrote more about characters that perceived honor in their lives. Honor functioned in a variety of different ways in The First Part of Henry IV.
Someone who showed great honor in Henry IV was Hotspur Henry Percy. Hotspur, in this play, does what he is required to be doing, while showing he has a purpose for his actions. Hotspur is an interesting yet brave warrior. Hotspur depicts the quality of showing honor several times during the play. For example, “And if the devil come and roar for them I will not send them” Hotspur replies referring to his prisoners. Hotspur states his fury when he is instructed by the king to give up his prisoners. Hotspur later replies “Yeah, on his part I’ll empty all these veins, and shed my dear blood drop by drop in the dust” to the king.
Hotspur is a man who you could say maybe had too much honor in his life. Hotspur showed that his bravery is greater than his fear of death. Someone who is not afraid to die even over the smallest of reason could be labeled as having too much honor. One of his problems was he was inpatient and fiery at times during the play. Hotspur also has an ongoing rivalry with the king.
Mortimer was someone else who could be seen as having honor. He was sent by the king, Henry IV, and then was captured by the Welsh. Honor, in the play was mainly justified as loyalty to the king and family.
The prince could be perceived as someone without much honor. He hung out with the guys in the tavern. The prince was portraying that he was just...