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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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“O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth.”

Henry IV, Part One Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Five:  Not trusting the King’s offer of clemency, Worcester remains convinced that the rebels must fight, and the Battle of Shrewsbury begins.  Although Henry has arranged for several soldiers … Continue reading

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“but for sweet Jack Falstaff, kind Jack Falstaff, true Jack Falstaff, valiant Jack Falstaff, and therefore more valiant being, as he is, old Jack Falstaff, banish not him thy Harry’s company, banish plump Jack, and banish all the world!”

Henry IV, Part One Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————————- Act Two:  After Falstaff and his crew rob a group of travelers, Hal and Points ambush their friends and steal what they themselves had stolen.  They are already … Continue reading

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“I’ll so offend to make offense a skill,/Redeeming time when men think least I will.”

Henry IV, Part One Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————– Before returning to Tony Tanner’s examination of the first three scenes of Act One, a little more background on Falstaff.  In the earliest versions of 1 Henry IV, … Continue reading

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“O, thou hast damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me, Hal — God forgive thee for it!”

Henry IV, Part One Act One By Dennis Abrams —————————— Major Characters King Henry IV (sometimes known as Bolingbroke) Prince Harry, Prince of Wales, Henry IV’s eldest son and heir (also known as Hal) Lord John of Lancaster, a younger … Continue reading

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