* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

Prince Hal (a.k.a. King Henry V)

Even though we don't see as much of Prince Hal in this play as we did in Part 1, he's definitely our protagonist. In Part 1, Prince Hal had to prove his "honor" in combat against Hotspur. Here, in Part 2, the prince must complete the staging of his "reformation" from "wild" Prince Hal to a man fit to rule the kingdom once his father dies. This, of course, requires Hal to make amends with King Henry IV, who has forgotten all about how Hal saved his life at the battle at Shrewsbury (in Part 1) and continues to believe that Hal's unfit to rule.


Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement