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Essay Galaxy - Shaw's Saint Joan and Shakespeare's Henry IV: Honor and Valor Shaw's Saint Joan and Shakespeare's Henry IV: Honor and Valor

In Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, Part 1 Shakespeare takes the different attitudes of Falstaff and Prince Hal to show the danger and rewards of honor and valor. In a similar but different fashion the play Saint Joan, written by Bernard Shaw, uses a single character, Joan or the Maid, to show the perils and merit one can receive with honor and valor. Shakespeare satirizes honor and valor with the use of Falstaff, one of his characters known for his comical relief. Falstaff exploits the dangers of being to heroic to the point it may bring about the death of thy ownself. In a soliloquy at the end of Act V scene I Falstaff is describing his view of honor, “What is honour? a word…he that died o’Wendsday. Doth he feel it? no. Doth he hear it? no. ‘Tis insensible to the dead?....

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