Henry IV, Part II Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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What are the major differences with Falstaff in Henry IV, Part I versus Falstaff in Henry IV, Part II?

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The central difference between Falstaff in these two plays is a result of the impact that Henry's healing of his relationship with his father has on his relationship with Falstaff. This occurs at the end of King Henry IV, Part 1 , and as a result Henry puts into place his plan, revealed in secret to the audience, of withdrawing his friendship from Falstaff and his cronies. This explains why Falstaff appears to be so diminished in the second part of this play. In the first, he is the life and soul of the party, incredibly witty, and a delightful character. Note, for example, how in Act II...

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