Tuesday, June 9, 2009

On Falstaff

I read Falstaff as a rollicking combination of Kramer, Jerry, and George from Seinfeld.  Like Kramer, he is the eccentric clown.  Like Jerry, he's a wit with cool distance.  And like George, he's selfish, dishonest, devious, pathetic (a man of temptation--but what tempts you?).  Depending on the setting, the context, and the characters he shares a scene with, the different sides of his self emerge.


  1. Great! Falstaff is magnificent. You could also say that he's the progenitor of Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Susie and the jolly crew of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (half-siblings of the Seinfeldian group?)

  2. I think so--certainly the darkness underlying the clowning is there.