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    Many of his actions and speeches back this statement. At the beginning of the play we find ourselves in the middle of a conversation between two priests, Ely and Canterbury, they talk of their king. As a boy an older man named Sir John Falstaff led the teenage prince astray. He joined in with a bunch of hooligans who were rude and shallow. He got caught up in the life of heavy drinkers and practical jokers. This may seem all right by the bystanders of today, but back then when your

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    Themes of Hamlet

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    Themes of Hamlet The themes within the Shakespearean drama Hamlet are several. Let us discuss in this essay some of the more commonly recognized themes. In the essay “Hamlet: His Own Falstaff,” Harold Goddard makes a statement of the two main themes of the play, namely war and revenge, relating them to the final scene: The dead Hamlet is borne out “like a soldier” and the last rites over his body are to be the rites of war. The final word of the text is “shoot.” The last sounds

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    King but spent his time drinking in the Boar's Head Tavern with characters such as Pistol, Nym and Bardolph, who are in this play and Sir John Falstaff. On becoming King Henry had to renounce Falstaff, which broke Falstaff's heart. It must be remembered that some people who would have seen Henry V would also have seen Henry IV where Henry betrays Falstaff and so Henry's character would have this fact hanging over him from the previous play. The play was performed in the 1590s and people still

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    the outcome for Falstaff is doomed. That hot termagant Scot will overtake the fat infantryman of Eastcheap. Yet Falstaff is not willing to die protecting the monarchy. He “falls down as if he were dead” to disinterest his opponent. Falstaff saves himself instead of defending the kingdom alongside Prince Hal, who fights Hotspur to the death. To a knight, the glory of battle is an opportunity. More than an opportunity, defending king and country is a responsibility. And Falstaff, only loyal to

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    Character Analysis: Falstaff

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    Part 1 of Henry IV, Falstaff is the only character who truly develops. Hal, though apparently transformed from rebellious to courageous, recognizes that he is blanketed by “foul and ugly mists of vapor that seem to strangle him” (1.3). King Henry, also, remains riddled with guilt. Only Falstaff contrasts his static compatriots. This flagrant disregard for societal expectations allows Falstaff flexibility that is often unheard of in Elizabethan times. Always transforming, Falstaff is in direct contrast

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    Shakespeare displays a complex relationship between Prince Hal and Falstaff. The relationship between the two men progresses from companionship to alienation; in the end, Prince Hal betrays Falstaff. Shakespeare displays the intense and changing relationship between Prince Hal and Falstaff to highlight the destructive power of greed and how it forces the sacrifice of one relationship in order to gain another. Prince Hal and Falstaff share a close relationship from the beginning. The two men are drinking

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    Relationship of Hal and Falstaff in Henry V The relationship between Hal and Falstaff is a very complex one. At first we think that as Falstaff is the older one of the two, that he would be the more mature and dominant one in the friendship, the one who leads Hal astray. However as the play develops we can see that Hal can actually look after himself and doesn't need Falstaff to supervise him. Later in the play we can see that Hal stops messing around and becomes more like a Prince rather

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    play 1 Henry IV is no exception. The character of John Falstaff has been the subject of many debates regarding his character and whether he is a purely comedic character or if he, in fact, is a character of tragic origins. Falstaff is a character who appears mostly in scenes at The Boar’s Head, which is a pub in the play. There are very moments in which readers can analyze Falstaff for more than a town drunk. Although many believe Sir John Falstaff is a comedic character, the interactions he has with

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    Sir John Falstaff played a crucial part in Shakespeare's Henry IV. Falstaff portrayed a side of life that was both brutal and harsh. This was important because, as Falstaff was, all the other main characters in the play were Nobles. Unlike Falstaff, the other nobles in the play acted as nobles. Falstaff, on the other hand acted more like the lower class people. In doing this he portrayed the thoughts and feelings of the lower class people. As he portrayed the lower class people, Falstaff brought the

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    Sir John Falstaff is a character in Henry IV Part One written by William Shakespeare. He is used to break up the serious subject matter of the court and the rebels. He provides comedic relief, as his character is an overweight drunk who constantly makes jokes. He is, however, a highly debated character and people have many different opinions of him. Falstaff is overall a well liked and complex character. Two pieces of writing continuously praised Falstaff for his humor and consistency. Richard Wilbur

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