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Romanticism as stated in the American Heritage Electronic Dictionary is An artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century and characterized by a heightened interest in nature emphasis on the individuals expression of emotion and imagination departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism and rebellion against established social rules and conventions Falstaff is the ideal romantic character In an article written by Harry T Baker titled The Two Falstaffs Baker writes against all the critics who claim that the Falstaff from Henry IV parts I and II is a different character then the Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor He believes that although as the critics declare Falstaff is not himself this is due to the change in situation not to the inconsistency of character portrayal In Henry IV parts I and II we see Falstaff as the romantic character that is stated in the definition above defying everything that the Classical character Prince Hal stands for and believes He refuses to take life seriously He believes that War is as much of a joke to him as a drinking bout at the Boars Head He uses people solely for his own purposes either for money or for food and drink He is rude and crude to all those around him and is one of the best liars who continually gets caught in his lies but makes new ones to cover for the old failed ones Yet Baker states that His presence of mind and quickness of retort are always superb his impudence is almost sublime Yet the man thus corrupt thus despicable makes himself necessary to the prince that despises him by the most pleasing of all qualities perpetual gaiety Falstaff creates around his capacious bulk a sort of Utopia which frees us temporarily from the worries and troubles of the actual world What does it matter that Falstaff ridicules chivalry honor truth-telling and bravery in battle He
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