Henry IV Part 1

believe Falstaff is a good man? Provide at least 2 reasons to support your answer. (15 points)

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The most intriguing character in William Shakespeare's Henry IV plays is Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is a likable character of ill repute. He is a drunkard, a thief, a liar, and a coward, but we love him, because he is also humorous, jovial, childish, and free living. Eventually, his behavior becomes so apprehensible that he is rejected. The rejection of Sir John Falstaff by Prince Hal begins in The First Part of Henry Fourth with the play acting scene, is fueled by Falstaff's misuse of the kings fund's and cowardice in the field, realized by Hal's acceptance of his father, and culminates in the final scene of The Second Part of Henry IV.

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Falstaff is most certainly not a good man. To start with, we find that Falstaff is a thief and a robber. Also, he is obsessed with sack (a sweet wine) and capons (large male chickens). Plus, Falstaff is so fat that it is hard to take him seriously. Later, we find that he is a coward when he runs off after being robbed by Poins and Hal. Also, he lies about the encounter. He says that he fought bravely and stood his ground while at least a dozen men ambushed him from behind. There are many more negative character traits about him, but I will not list them currently.