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Reading Henry Ⅳ's Desire in Henry Ⅳ, Part 1 & Part 2 from the Perspective of Poststructuralism

  • 인문논총
  • 2016, 41(), pp.67-98
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : October 31, 2016

Hwang, Soon-Hyang 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This essay aims at analyzing Henry 's desire from the perspective of poststructuralism. from which the unconsciousness of Henry , main character in Henry , Part 1 & Part 2 consists of the ideology of the ruling class such as Tutor Myth and the order of the hierarchy. Henry is considered to subvert the values and principles of the dominant ideology on which the state is based from historicist critics' perspective. But according to the theory of ideology and desire of poststructuralism, he is obsessed with accomplishing the ideal kingship and its legitimacy which the ruling class legitimatizes. Henry 's discourse shows that he suffers from fear, anxiety, and a pang of conscience resulting from the dominant ideology which forces him to pursue the ideal kingship and its legitimacy and continues to desire to legitimatize his reign stained with usurpation of Richard . He is also obsessed with bequeathing kingship to his son, Hal legitimately, regarding the ideology, divine right of kings as a truth in his unconsciousness, And also his discourse shows that he desires to achieve the ideal kingship by making the most of betray, trick, and theatricality regarded as Machiavellian nature by sacrificing all the relations with his son and his friends, which means that the dominant ideology makes HenryIV learn to desire in the way that Tudor Myth indicates how to desire, and produces his unconscious desire by making it oedipal and interpellated as a subject in the Elizabethan time successively.

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