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The first thing that struck me about The Merry Wives of Windsor was the appearance of some characters from Henry VI Falstaff Bardolph Nym and Pistol The second thing that struck me was the complexity of the plot Shakespeare is tough enough for me to understand on its own without the introduction of a plots that twist and turn and entwine each other like snakes I wish I could see the play performed because it seems like a delightful comedy and I feel that seeing actual players going through the motions presented to me in the text would do wonders for my comprehension This is my first play read outside of class with no real discussion to help me through the parts that dont make a lot of sense the first time around Fortunately I found some resources on the web that provided synopses of Shakespeares plays and really aided my understanding of the play The aforementioned plots reminded me of the plots common to Seinfeld quite possibly the most glorious of television shows Seinfeld always had at least two plots going per episode and the outcome of one always seemed to have some effect on the outcome of the other It seems that the original recipe for sitcoms is this get two plots going side by side near the end of the piece smash them into each other and then tie up all of the loose ends This recipe is followed in The Taming of the Shrew the two plots being the marriage of Petruchio and Katherine and the wooing of Bianca and again appears in the Merry Wives of Windsor Falstaffs attempted wooing of the wives being one and the impending marriage of Anne being the other It would be interesting to see if all of Shakespeares comedies follow this same pattern and if so to see if previous playwrights used the same formula The appearance of the characters from Henry VI especially
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