Date

1961

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Hook, Frank S.

Abstract

In the Henry IV plays Shakespeare depicts his greatest comic character, Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is a complex figure combining characteristics and functions of several personages found in history, legend, and native English and classical drama. The purpose of this study is to compare these characters with Falstaff in order to determine how closely they resemble him.

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