From Henry IV Part 1 Act V Scene I Lines 127-141.
Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part 1 centers on the principal theme of the conflict between order and disorder. This conflict is prevalent throughout the drama through the use of various vehicles, such as Hal's inner conflict, the country's political dispute, and the contradiction of moral values between the world of the court and the world of the tavern. The character, Sir John Falstaff, unlike the honorable Hotspur or King Henry, is a symbol for vitality and freedom from all life's seriousness. Falstaff's enduring moral disorder and contempt for glory accompanied with danger is evident in his short soliloquy on honor at the conclusion of Act V Scene I in Henry IV Part 1. .
By Act V, Prince Hal has reformed himself. He no longer basks in the tavern life of irresponsibility and novelty. Rather, the prince has moved away from his former mentor, Falstaff, and has become an honorable leader like his father, King Henry. In addition, Hal seems to have adopted the language of the court, speaking mostly in blank verse similar to the language of Henry and Sir Walter Blunt. Falstaff, on the other hand, continues to speak in his typical prose speech, indicating the enduring division between the court and tavern worlds.
Hal's acceptance of his responsibilities to the court is made apparent in the dialogue preceding Falstaff's speech on the subject of honor. In this scene, Hal and Henry make attempts to appease Worcester and Vernon, members of the rebel camp, in hopes of calling off the pending battle. Hal's prediction that Douglas and Hotspur will not accept Henry's offer of a free pardon due to their love of fighting warrants Henry's newfound respect for his son, the prince. Upon discussion of the inevitable battle, King Henry begins to make preparations for war. As the King departs, Falstaff immediately professes his blatant cowardice, begging his former student to protect him in battle.