Compare and contrast Falstaff with Hotspur.

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Fallstaff and Hotspur seem like almost complete opposites at first glance. Falstaff plays the role of the "dishonest" fat knight who entertains and is used as comic relief and distraction. Hotspur, on the other hand, is a dramatic character who propels the plot with his actions. However, upon closer look they have some similarities. Hotspur and Falstaff are both described as too big. Hotpsur in spirit, and Falstaff in girth. Similarly, both Hotspur and Falstaff are obsessed with honor and determination, only Falstaff is geared towards making fun of those qualities, and Hotspur is trying to achieve them. There are many similarities and differences between these two fabulous and well rounded characters.

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Henry IV, Part I

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