Do people/philosophers today agree with Falstaff's statement that "the better part of valor is discretion"? Did Shakespeare intend to be sarcastic? 

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This should be an easy assumption, particularly, because Shakespeare was a good observant of his day and he would definitely be kind of like a "Colbert" of his time and award the sarcasm where it belongs. This being said, it is definitely a work of creativity to say that "the better part of valor is discretion" when you have not done your part of valor to have EARNED any discretion, so to answer your question:YES. Shakespeare and many of his followers have a tendency to indulge in sarcasm and epigrams to make a point valid. And it happens to infuse mockery and comedy into the work of literacy as well.

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Henry IV, Part I

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