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MonkeyNotes-Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare
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This scene is very important because it presents a completely reformed Hal, magnanimous and dedicated to duty. The throne embraces order and justice. To everybody’s surprise, the new King assures his brothers that he is not the same wild and energetic youth he used to be. He promises to restore law and order. Another surprise awaiting them is that he allows the Chief Justice to continue service. King Henry asks the Chief Justice to carry out his duties impartially. This shows that the King is determined to preserve law and order in his country.


The Chief Justice of England succeeds in emphasizing his dedication to royal service and order. When the King tells him that he has not forgotten the incident when the Justice has imprisoned and rebuked him, the Chief Justice firmly tells him that he had been only an instrument of justice. In a very dignified manner, he asks the King to bring the charges against him. The Justice appears to be dignified, brave, and straightforward, prepared to face even death for the sake of law and justice. The ironic part of the play is highlighted here. From the beginning of the play everybody was expecting a state full of disorder and vice after the death of the old King, but the reverse happens. The lawless, troubled government is replaced by a government notable for its order and discipline. The best counselors are selected to advise the King and the people are reassured that disorder has come to an end.

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