Henry IV / Henry V, William Shakespeare
Extraverted Sensing (Se): As a young man, Prince Hal lives for new experiences. Despite his royalty, he spends his youth drinking, pranking, womanizing and engaging in other instantly gratifying activities. He loves to laugh and poke fun of the foolish, get reactions out of people and lives such a rambunctious life that his father grows sick with worry about him. Hal is a performer and loves to be the center of attention. He mockingly imitates his father in order to entertain his friends and does so with exuberance and quality. Hal doesn’t make long-term plans, but enjoys relishing the moment at all times. Every one of his actions aims toward achieving immediate results and he has little patience to devote toward long-term projects or strategizing. He is in sync with his environment and decent in his swordsmanship skills. Hal doesn’t dwell on the past at all –he only once mentions his mother and following his father’s death, he quickly moves past his mourning, rejecting everything about his former life (including Falstaff). Hal is very physical –he often speaks with his hands and doesn’t hesitate to touch people or invade their personal space (which includes kissing Kate upon their first meeting).
Introverted Feeling (Fi): Hal’s morals are internally based and as a young Prince, he does not hesitate to violate his father’s orders by behaving wildly and ignoring his princely obligations. He has a strong desire to be true to his beliefs and desires. As a result, he deliberately gives himself a bad reputation with the hopes of avoiding his inheritance to the throne. He recognizes other people’s motives, easily discerning Falstaff’s sycophantism and the disapproval of his soldiers when he goes to agincourt. Where possible, he avoids expressing or talking about his emotions, which is why he puts on a false reputation in hopes of losing rights to the throne, rather than talking it through with his father. He does not need to consult with anyone else to understand his feelings and expresses them through action rather than words. Instead of scolding France for not honoring his agreement, he executes the necessary punishment by going to war against them. Hal’s decisions are strictly emotion based and in the moment, thus his quickness to fall in love with Kate, as well as his firmness in asserting political decisions.
Extraverted Thinking (Te): Hal is quite assertive in his ability to stand up for what he believes and when the need arrises, he is perfectly capable of explaining the reasoning for his decisions. Hal makes decisions in the moment and acts on them immediately, taking the most obvious direct route toward the most immediate solution (France won’t honor our agreement? Ok, I’ll go to war with them). He is well equipped to organize others into needful action, even when many stand in disagreement with him. Hal needs factual evidence to believe people’s statements and as a Prince, he pays close attention to and is able to use external facts to discredit Falstaffs tall-tales.
Introverted Intuition (Ni): Although his focus is primarily in the present, Hal also wants his future to be enjoyable, which is another motivation for his attempts to avoid gaining the throne. Even so, Hal is mature enough to put aside his dreams when he can see that something grander and more pressing is at hand. When he learns of Hotspur’s threat against his father, Hal accepts the fact that he will have to rule England and goes to work helping his father defend the kingdom. Hal is typically optimistic about the future, even when faced with the seeming impossible. He does not get discouraged by the fact that his army is half the size of France’s at Agincourt, nor does he lose hope when his men decide to hate him.