Harrying considers Richard III and the four plays of ShakespeareGCOs HenriadGCoRichard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Berger combines close reading with cultural analysis to show how the language characters speak always says more than the speakers mean to say. ShakespeareGs speakers try to say one thing. Their language says other things that often question the speakersG motives or intentions. Harrying explores the effect of this linguistic mischief on the representation of all the HenriadGs major figures.It centers attention on the portrayal of Falstaff and on the bad faith that darkens the language and performance of Harry, the Prince of Wales who becomes King Henry V.
Fordham University Press
Skills of Offense in Shakespeare's Henriad