wild Prince, the truth is that he is acting in such a way as to gain more loyalty upon hiscoronation when he true personality and character replace the past Prince.Machiavelli, in chapter 8 of
, writes of the need for a Prince to live with hissubjects, in that the Prince must “hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of itor not according to necessity” and that he, the Prince, as stated in chapter 15, should “besufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would losehim his state.” It would seem from the above speech of Prince Hal that he is learning the waysof the commoners and building a rapport with them so that when he is King he will not beunknowing in his governing. In fact, he will have a greater knowledge about the commoncountryman then all of his advisors put together. Therefore, it should be considered that PrinceHal is merely misunderstood by the current advisors and nobles that guide the King. Prince Halis preparing for his reign and will be better prepared than even his father.Prince Hal, even in the wild and crazy atmosphere of the tavern, shows his true state of mind while playing with Falstaff. In
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2.4, Falstaff plays King Henry IV to help PrinceHal with the coming meeting he will have with his father. However, Falstaff does notunderstand the mind of the King and praises only himself therefore, Prince Hal trades places withFalstaff, playing as the King and Falstaff plays Prince Hal. In Falstaff’s final rally to be acceptedand again praise himself, he bids “banish/ not him thy Harry’s company – banish plump Jack,/and banish all the world” (
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2.4.478-480). The truth comes out in the four words of Prince Hal’s response “I do, I will” (
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2.4.481). This play allows Prince Hal to preparethose around him for the change that will come, whether they do not truly understand theconsequences that will befall them when Prince Hal takes the throne or not is unimportant toPrince Hal. He knows what needs to be done, and will do it when the time comes.