Day 4

Henry IV (Pirandello) Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Henry asks Matilda: "Do you truly love your daughter? ... Do you wish me to love and cherish her to make up for all the wrongs I've done her?... "Well, then, what would you have me do? ... Fall in love with your daughter again?" Knowing what we do by the end of the act about Henry's mental state, why do you think Henry said this to Matilda?

    In his previous conversation with Matilda, Henry established that when he's talking about Matilda's daughter he's actually talking about Donna Matilda herself when she was a young woman. By saying this, it activates Matilda's guilt and regret about how she treated Henry when they were younger and she rejected his romantic attention....

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