Falstaff is a happy fellow it seems. Tragic and Comic!

I have made some comments below about Professor Bloom and his favorite Shakespearean character, Falstaff.

Harold Bloom is a Shakespeare Scholar (the greatest of our time) and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale. He was a former Harvard Professor.  He knows the plays like no one alive today. He is 86 years old, and "another book", wow!

He has said of Shakespeare that these particuar plays represents his talent the best: Henry IV and parts 1 and 2 of Henry V. His makes this choice because of his appreciation and love of the character Falstaff who has interesting roles in these plays.

Falstaff is a happy guy (Tragic and Comic). He mocks faith, can be lewd, funny and reckless. When thinking of him Bloom offers these comments for traits: 'age, care, wisdom, reflection, begone!". He imagines Falstaff and Socrates meeting in a pub and trading wit. This would be the ideal play script and it has been a wish of his for many years. 

I hope at 86 I can care enough about some of my reading to imagine my own plots. What focus to have carried the image of character you read about for years. It testifies of both the strength of the author and of the student.