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Reading all of Shakespeare by April 2014. Just finished Henry IV, Part Two. I blog on the plays I finish. My take on H IV, Part 2 is at: http://ow.ly/jpnm8

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Reading all of Shakespeare by April 2014. Just finished Henry IV, Part Two. I blog on the plays I finish. My take on H IV, Part 2 is at: http://ow.ly/jpnm8

written a comprehensive note on henry iv part 2. I think this will be helpful for students http://shakespearequotesandplays.com/2016/05/25/henry-iv-part-2-summary/

Falstaff appears in three of Shakespeare's plays, Henry IV, Part 1 , Henry IV, Part 2 , and The Merry Wives of Windsor . His death is mentioned in Henry V but he has no lines, nor is it directed that he appear on stage. However, many stage and film adaptations have seen it necessary to include Falstaff for the insight he provides into King Henry V 's character. The most notable examples in cinema are Laurence Olivier 's 1944 version and Kenneth Branagh 's 1989 film , both of which draw additional material from the Henry IV plays.

The character is known to have been very popular with audiences at the time, and for many years afterwards. According to Leonard Digges , writing shortly after Shakespeare's death, while many plays could not get good audiences, "but let Falstaff come, Hal, Poins and the rest, you scarce shall have a room". [2]

Adding to King Henry's troubles is the behaviour of his son and heir, the Prince of Wales . Hal (the future Henry V ) has forsaken the Royal Court to waste his time in taverns with low companions. This makes him an object of scorn to the nobles and calls into question his royal worthiness. Hal's chief friend and foil in living the low life is Sir John Falstaff. Fat, old, drunk, and corrupt as he is, he has a charisma and a zest for life that captivates the Prince.



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