In the beginning of 1 Henry IV, the audience is introduced to Falstaff who appear...
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...taff must be in the dark and why he chooses to be in the dark. To stand a coin on its side and spin it equates to how quickly the lines between Falstaff and Hal are blurred in the “Henriad.” Also, that one side of the coin is in the light while the other is in the dark remains the life and thus the death of Falstaff. At the end of act 2 of scene 1, the coin has landed with Falstaff’s face down hence his exit; Harry’s side up hence his soliloquy.
Shakespeare, William. 1 Henry IV. The Norton Shakespeare. Gen. ed. Stephen Greenblatt. 2nd ed. New York: Norton, 2008. 606-672. Print.
Bell, Robert. “The Anatomy of Folly in Shakespeare’s Henriad.” Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 14. 2 (2001): 181-201. Print.
Berger, Harry. “The Prince’s Dog: Falstaff and the Perils of Speech-Prefixity.” Shakespeare Quarterly 49.1 (1998): 40-73. Print.
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