I look for a study on Falstaff who many consider to be one of the funniest characters in the history of literature, and of course who do I see? Harold effin Bloom. Alright alright, I’ll take it.
In this study written a few years before he died Bloom says Henry IV and V represent Roger the best of any plays.
I think of this as the Falstaffiad rather than the Henriad, as scholars tend to call it.
Some different depictions
I posted about him before here.
The essence of Falstaffianism?
Learning that Orson Welles depicted him in Chimes at Midnight, will have to check that out with my new gf who is prettier than the girl reading this, ah she’s so great.
Speaking of funny books, have you read A Confederacy of Dunces? Ignatius J. Reilly reminds me of an American Falstaff and is often likened to him. That might be thee funniest novel I read when I was a kid.
Heroism and humor are missing in our time and there are ways of inspiring them to return. Adventure and laughter, there should be government agencies devoted to bringing those back for us. Too bad the “government” keeps those two human modes in particular under the closest scrutiny. And most people work for the government in this regard. Don’t expect anything good to happen in your life if you take up either of those modes yourself in a robust sense. The alternative is life without those modes, so.
Something timeless about this probably
has more than banishment in mind; something in him wants to see Falstaff hanged