Monthly Archives: September 2012

“The question is — is it the SAME Falstaff?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor An Introduction By Dennis Abrams The only comedy of Shakespeare’s that is set in England from first to last, The Merry Wives of Windsor delights in its social and geographical setting, turning away from the … Continue reading

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“Mine appetite I never more will grind/On newer proof, to try an older friend,/A god in love, to whom I am confined.”

Shakespeare Sonnet #110 SONNET 110 Alas, ’tis true I have gone here and there And made myself a motley to the view, Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear, Made old offences of affections new; Most true … Continue reading

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“No one in the play understands Falstaff fully, any more than Hamlet was understood by the persons around him. They are both men of genius.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————- I’ve decided to give the last word on Act Five and the Rejection of Falstaff to one of my favorite critics of Shakespeare. A.C. Bradley, who gave this … Continue reading

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“I know thee not, old man. Fall to thy prayers.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams In my last post we looked at Marjorie Garber’s take on Act Five and the rejection of Falstaff – basically, that in order to assume his role as “king” … Continue reading

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“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Five:  As reports spread that Hal has inherited the throne, the courtiers question his ability.  Falstaff certainly believes that his friend has no intention whatsoever of reforming, … Continue reading

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“How I came by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Four:  York, Mowbray and Hastings, commanding the rebel forces in Gaultres Forest, are unimpressed by Northumberland’s flight to Scotland.  When they address their grievances to Hal’s brother, Prince John … Continue reading

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