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Banish plump Jack and banish all the world 24497-498 is Sir John Falstaffs plea to Prince Hal and is the view of nearly every reader who partakes in William Shakespeares Henry IV At first the reader may view Falstaff as only a drunken belligerent thief but as the play progresses one can see that he is no mere foil Sir John Falstaff is a very complex character that the reader admires because he is comic and dramatic with a great ability to avoid trouble and negative judgment through his words and actions Falstaff is considered to be one of the greatest and most powerful characters in English literature because although he is misbehaving and has many amiss characteristics he admits his faults and makes light of them allows readers to relate and live vicariously through him and has a distinct and yet very interesting opinion of honor which greatly contrasts with the other characters view of it At the first glimpse of Falstaff the reader sees that he is a criminal and a poor example of a human being He steals drinks lies is a womanizer and is very obese yet he admits to these characteristics and turns his faults into something humorous which serves in winning over the readers opinion of him I was as virtuously given as a gentleman need to be virtuous enough swore little diced not above seven times a week went to a bawdy house not above once in a quarter of an hour paid money that I borrowed three or four times lived well and in good compass and now I live out of all order out of all compass3315-21 Falstaff mocks himself showing the reader that he encompasses all dissatisfactory human attributes while jesting with Bardolf in Boars Head Tavern By Sir John revealing these qualities the reader feels a sense of superiority because the average person does not live nearly a bawdy
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