Falstaff is presented as being an optimistic jolly character and his red face is a stereotypical image of a person who would be described as being sanguine. Although Hal lives a very unorthodox life for an heir apparent, he still appeals to the audience because of the fact that he appears witty. We see this when we first meet Hal as he jokingly replies to Falstaff’s offensive remark by saying: “thou art so fat-witted”. He says this sarcastically about Falstaff’s humour and his weight. In his soliloquy, we are given the impression that Hal wants to become true to himself and become an honourable prince.
Is this an honourable way of going about becoming a strong heir? Hal’s plan may seem deceptive to the audience. This may make Hal less appealing to the audience. Some people in the audience may actually see Hal as being clever while others may see him as being a deceitful character. Hal’s soliloquy also shows us that he is smart and can conjure up excellent plans, which is an essential attribute that all good kings should have, but he may also be seen as calculating or deceitful which would make him dishonourable and therefore less favourable with the audience.
When he says: “attract more eyes”, it shows Hal in an attention seeking light. It is in Scene 3 that we first meet Hotspur. He tells us how he was “breathless and faint”. This shows us that he is a great fighter and that he puts every ounce of strength into achieving his goals. When Hotspur is explaining to the king why he was rude to the messenger, he shows that he is an impatient character when he says: “to be so pestered with a popinjay”.
Hotspur then compares the messenger to a “waiting gentlewoman”. This shows his bluntness and lack of tact, which is unlike Prince Hal. As a solider, Hotspur is presented as a warrior who fights using every ounce of his energy, to achieve his goals. The audience may see this as favourable. Later in the scene, Hotspur says: “I will straight and tell so, for I will ease my heart, albeit I make a hazard of my head”. This phrase is typical of Hotspur’s personality. He is rash and is ruled by his heart.
When Worchester uses the metaphor: “on the unsteadfast footing of a spear” Hotspur takes it literally and replies: “if he fall in, good night or sink or swim” which again shows his stupidity. Shakespeare also presents Hotspur as the victim of Worcester. Many people in the audience may see Hotspur not as his own person with his own ideas but rather more as Worcester’s puppet. Worchester uses Hotspur as a pawn in his attempt to rebel against Henry IV. Worchester knows that Hotspur is easily manipulated and uses him to spearhead his rebellion.
The fact that Worcester so easily manipulated Hotspur into joining him in rebellion would not be a good sign for the audience. They would not see Hotspur as righteous King material. Shakespeare presents the two characters well throughout the play. He also uses imagery to present his two characters as seen in Hal’s soliloquy. In this he says ” Yet herein will I imitate the sun,” He gives the audience pros and cons of each character and allows them to choose who they favour most.