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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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“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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“We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow,”

Henry IV Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  The pressures of kingship (as well as the guilt of the usurpation) are obviously taking their toll on King Henry.  Unable to sleep, he reflects ruefully with Warwick … Continue reading

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“By heaven, Poins, I feel me much to blame/So idly to profane the precious time.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Two:  Mistress Quickly attempts to have Falstaff arrested for fraud, but he manages (yet again) to talk his way out of it by renewing his promise to marry her, … Continue reading

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“I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.”

Henry IV, Part Two Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS King Henry IV of England Prince Henry (known as Hal), later crowned King Henry V Hal’s brothers:  Prince John of Lancaster; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; Thomas, Duke of … Continue reading

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You define who you are by your reaction to Falstaff…Those who do not care for Falstaff are in love with time, death, the state, and the censor.”

Introduction to Henry IV, Part Two By Dennis Abrams Is it possible for a sequel (other than The Godfather, Part Two of course) equal the original?  In the case of Henry IV, Part Two, the answer is a resounding yes. … Continue reading

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