The Merry Wives of Windsor Sir John Falstaff is down on his luck and so decides to pursue liaisons with two rich but respectably married ladies who in a series of sly maneuvers effectively turn the tables on him With its comi

  • Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9781419172663
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sir John Falstaff is down on his luck, and so decides to pursue liaisons with two rich but respectably married ladies who in a series of sly maneuvers, effectively turn the tables on him With its comic mix ups, broad humor, and amusingly implausible plot line, The Merry Wives of Windsor has been called the forerunner of the modern sitcom.

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    1. Okay, I finished it. After all these years, the only Shakespeare play I could never get interested in is finally completed. I read every word of it, and I am sure I'll never read it again.It's not that bad, really--if you like bedroom farces punched up with dialect humor, second-rate puns and third-rate malapropisms. I found it pretty dreary, and the humor of Falstaff--which I looked forward to as a small refreshing pool in the middle of all this sand--is a pale shadow of his wit in Henry IV.

    2. This is Sir John Falstaff’s play; it was a chance for Shakespeare to pad out one of his most popular characters and give him another comic moment. And he failed completely. So when Shakespeare wrote this he focused on this one character, and as a result the rest of the play suffered. The cast were all mere plot devices, a means for Falstaff to arrive at his destination (the dénouement) in the woods wearing his antlers. They don’t seem to have the same level of personality or depth that is o [...]

    3. "We have some salt of our youth in us."-- William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene 2Meh. Not my favorite. There were a few good lines and obviously any book with Sir. John Falstaff deserves an extra star (so ⋆⋆ + Falstaff = ⋆⋆⋆). As a whole I didn't like it. It felt cheap and a bit of a throw-away for a mature William Shakespeare, but I'm sure it played well for the dirty and unwashed. And, OK, to be honest there were some pretty fantastic lines. But mostly it felt li [...]

    4. This is one of Shakespeare's bawdy plays and it is quite silly but it is also highly entertaining. I love the way Shakespeare has different classes of people use words differently often leading to misunderstanding. The story swirls around one of Shakespeare's favorite characters-Falstaff. Falstaff is a well-developed character who consistently misunderstands himself. While this is a jolly comedy it is probably not one for the family since its plot centers on adultery or at least the idea that it [...]

    5. Not really my sort of thing, but “Merry Wives” is so much better than some of the other comedies I've read this year (Love's Labour's Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors), that I'm giving it three stars, just in recognition of that. This is very silly, frivolous, and shallow, but Mistress Page and Mistress Ford were engaging, and it was satisfying to see this lecherous, arrogant Falstaff being thoroughly put down. Falstaff here bears only a tenuous connection with the gar [...]

    6. December of Drama 2015, day three"Come, come, sir. I'm a man who would rather be known as a cuckold than a fool!"Alright, so that line's from Barry Lyndon, but I thought it appropriate. This is a bedroom farce, with two married middle-class men (Ford and Page) mostly distinguished from each other by the presence or absence of jealousy, and their 'Merry' wives who repeatedly trick and humiliate Falstaff, their would-be lover. I happen to love a little dramatic irony, so the scene(s) where Ford di [...]

    7. I read this to prep for seeing the play this week. I have never read or seen this play, and thought it wouldn't hurt to go in knowing the story.The Folger Shakespeare Library editions are laid out nicely. Every page of the play has a facing page that explains the more inscrutable phrases. The introductory sections were brief but interesting, and there are recommendations for further reading in the back, along with an essay about the play.If I ever feel the need to study before going out to enjoy [...]

    8. Objectively, there's a lot of humor in it: puns, one liners, situational comedy, slapstick, etc. Some of it is rather clever, but most of it didn't strike me as very funny. Not sure if it's just not my kind of humor, or maybe it was funnier to members of Elizabethan society than to modern folks (in other words, "you just had to be there"). For instance, making fun of foreigners' accents is less acceptable now.I still didn't care for Falstaff much, but it was kind of fun to see him get his comeup [...]

    9. I adore Shakespeare. I’ve read at least half of his works. I’ve seen dozens of his plays performed. In college I took a class completely devoted to learning how to read and interpret his writing. I’ve visited the Globe in England and every time I read a new play of his I find a new reason to love his work.His writing isn’t perfect. He ripped story lines from others and his plays can be repetitive. He can be long-winded when he wants to, but all-in-all, there’s more brilliance than hot [...]

    10. This play is pure slapstick comedy. It reminds me of those good British comedy series… a sprinkling of Blackadder’s caustic wit, mixed with a dash of Compo’s antics from Last of the Summer Wine. Even though the play lacks the sophistication of Shakespeare’s other plays, in terms of theme, it’s still a lot of fun.Falstaff’s the kind of guy you want to hate, because he’s old, fat and lecherous, a real sleaze always looking for new ways to make an easy buck—especially if the money c [...]

    11. As many other Shakespeare´s plays, The merry wives of Windsor didn´t disappoint me. I was really looking forward to read it and I can proudly say, it was worth it. The Shakespeare´s typical game with many storylines that all ended up really surprisingly (I mean like, if you knew, how it would end, Shakespeare still can make it curious) were here found too and spiced with as many interests as here could be. And that´s awesome, if we consider the fact, the bard had about fourteen days to write [...]

    12. The Merry Wives of Windsor stands out among Shakespeare's plays as the only one centered on middle- class people, as opposed to royalty and the ruling classes. Much like A Midsummer's Night's Dream, the final scene focuses on an encounter between the human players and the faerie realm. In Midsummer, the fairies are of the Royal type - Oberon and Titania - which corresponds with the Duke and Queen who are to be married, around which the other plots revolve; in MW, the fairies are of common tricks [...]

    13. I’ve rarely enjoyed anything by Shakespeare but this was different than any other play I’ve read. It’s one of the few books I’ve literally laughed out loud while reading. The comedy is absolutely outrageous and, relative to Shakespeare’s other plays, a pretty easy read. The plot follows multiple romance stories and, as in Shakespeare’s other comedies, it quickly gets more and more messy and more and more funny. -Benjamin H Teen Advisory Board Reviewer

    14. This is not strictly a review of the book. The play has been around for over 400 years, so anything I say won't make any difference. This is my impression of the play produced by the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN last night. Shakespeare's plays were not meant solely to be read. They were meant to be performed. It is in that spirit that I present my thoughts.First, something about the play. This is, to use modern TV terminology, a spinoff. Reportedly, Queen Elizabeth loved the ch [...]

    15. SCHOLARS, PROFESSORS, EXPERTS AND GENERALLY EVERYONE YOU SHOULD TRUST ABOUT SHAKESPEARE: The Merry Wives of Windsor is, clearly, one of Shakespeare's weakest plays, due to what we can only hope was rushed writing and little revision. The uninteresting characters stumble around what we can barely call a plot, with tired, forced humour and a poor parody of one of Shakespeare's finest comedic characters, John Falstaff, to polish off this disaster of a play from our great Bard: This play is awesome! [...]

    16. Why, Sir John, do you think, though we would have thrust virtue out of our hearts by the head and shoulders, and have given ourselves without scruple to hell, that ever the devil could have made you our delight?Has Sir John Falstaff learned the humour of the age? to suffer tactics similar to his own, turning him into a pathetic minstrel unwittingly singing praises of his own demise? Perhaps his humour, as Nym would overly use the word, permeates the age across gender and social barriers. Mistres [...]

    17. "Wives may be merry and yet honest too."I've attended live performances of Shakespeare plays off and on for the last twenty years, and have seen The Merry Wives of Windsor at least twice. It's never been one of my favorites, and reading it through was, in part, an attempt to figure out why.This time, it felt like a "college humor" play, with plenty of lewd puns, silly accents, and practical jokes. I'm not a fan of practical jokes in real life, but since Falstaff seems not to be hurt or bear grud [...]

    18. John Falstaff plans to seduce Mrs. Ford, who is married and rich and controls the purse strings. His servants betray him and tell her. She and her friend have a great time playing with Falstaff – inviting him over, pretending to want to be seduced, but then crying that Mr. Ford is coming. Hilarity ensues with Falstaff tossed in a ditch and beat up dressed as a woman. In the end they both show themselves, with their husbands and friends, rebuking and scorning Falstaff: “Serve Got and leave yo [...]

    19. 3.5 starsClearly an earlier Shakespeare play. I liked seeing Falstaff in a different light, not in one of the history plays as comic relief but as a main character in a comedy, one being (unjustly?) abused and made a mockery of. The language isn't as beautiful as I've come to expect from Shakespeare, but I enjoyed the wordplay and the use of language as a theme. Dr. Caius is French, Sir Hugh Evans is Welsh, and they both misuse English in a comical way. It seems smart and ahead of its time to pl [...]

    20. It could be that I was taking pain medicine, but, for me, the humor fell flat. Falstaff attempts a dalliance with two married women; they get his drift and decide to play him for a fool. It's silly and bawdy and sort of sophomoric. Allow me to set-up my favorite line of this play. I'm a church musician. Every hymn has two components: the words and the tune. Words have meters: Short Meter; Common Meter; Long Meter; and all sorts of variations. Amazing Grace is C.M. (If [...]

    21. I had been told by my Favorite Professor that this play kinda sucked. And he was right. The plot is repetitive and the characters (other than a few) are fairly stock. What saves this play from being a total dud?Falstaff. I admit that I'm biased. Falstaff is favorite of all of Shakespeare's characters and so any play that includes him wins points automatically. He's roughish without being loathsome, and his ability to admit he deserves what he got is at least somewhat admirable. Mistress Quickly [...]

    22. I saw a stage performance of this play a few years ago in Utah at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, and decided it would be among the first I read when I began reading Shakespeare's plays. This is a comedy, in fact, a farce, that left me laughing out loud in the theater, and was almost as funny in print. In this play we find John Falstaff (from Henry IV) attempting to seduce two married women, who just happen to be friends and turn the tables on him. There is also a subplot about Master an [...]

    23. I must admit I was a bit confused at first as to why Shakespeare would set up Falstaff as he tried to get his end away with two married ladies. Then I put my feminist hat on and thought that it was actually about how married women were treated, as fair game to any would be lothario, and mistrusted by their jealous husbands. Not to mention how they were expected to marry whomsoever their parents (or father) chose. That took me a while to realise (and may not exactly be what he was trying to put a [...]

    24. Da questa commedia teatrale, scritta, forse, a cavallo tra 1500 e 1600, Arrigo Boito, letterato e librettista vissuto a cavallo fra 1800 e 1900, trasse il libretto del Falstaff, ultima opera di Giuseppe Verdi. In verità la figura di John Falstaff, tracotante e corpulento cavaliere, vede la prima apparizione nell'Enrico IV.Necessitando denaro, Falstaff progetta di corteggiare ben due dame, Madonna Page e Madonna Ford. Il goffo e divertente tentativo del panciuto omone sortirà una serie di beffe [...]

    25. 4,5 starsMy first Shakespeare was truly amazing! Difficult to get in to especially with all of the footnotes, but after the first third I got to understand the plot and started to enjoy it! It really funny and enjoyable!Plus, one of the characters reminded me a lot of Donald Trump (for there are some significant similarities) and that character was entirely made fun of, with add to the enjoyment of the play. At the beginning of was a bit forced for me because I had to read it for my class in Bri [...]

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