Falstaff


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Falstaff

jovial knight and rascal of brazen braggadocio. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor; I Henry IV; II Henry IV]

Falstaff

“that swoln parcel of dropsies.” [Br. Drama: Benét, 339]
See: Fatness
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Tom Hanks portraying the role of Sir John Falstaff from the play Henry VI by Shakespeare (Screengrabbed from YouTube)
(3) As one of the more complex boy characters in Shakespeare, Falstaff's page in particular has captivated scholars.
Nicola Sanderson and Becky Hindley have a high old time as the gleeful "Merry" wives, plotting their revenge against the sad old roue, and Adam Barlow is delightfully deadpan as Falstaff's hanger-on, Nim.
He said: "Falstaff is a fun, delusional character who thinks he can woo a younger generation of women and get their family money.
The primary pleasure of this satisfying production is how Falstaff gets his just deserts from the on-to-him retaliations of Mistresses Ford and Page: being hidden in a "buck basket'' full of stinky, unwashed laundry; disguised as Mistress Ford's maid's obese aunt, "the fat woman of Brentford''; dressed as "Herne, the Hunter,'' in Windsor Forest, leading up to the elaborately deceitful finale.
John Fanning brought all his experience and stagecraft to create a grey-haired Falstaff, full of life and schemes still but clearly also corning to terms with the realization that he is well past his prime and acting rather desperately to secure his old age.
Falstaff, when performed in both Henrys together, is an enormous undertaking.
Likewise, when Falstaff of 1 Henry IV once asks, 'Now, Hal, what time of day is it, lad?' Hal's dismissive reply reveals how little he thinks Falstaff should have to do with time:
Scholars have already noted that imagery specific to these doctrinal tensions permeates this tetralogy, and that Falstaff's jests likely suggest deeply held anxieties regarding his spiritual condition.