Merry Wives Of Windsor

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Merry Wives Of Windsor

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 don’t make a lot of sense the first time around. Fortunately, I
found some resources on the web that provided synopses of Shakespeare’s 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 (Falstaff’s
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 Shakespeare’s
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 F...

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