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background image I’m Only Human Physicality is Rare Most thorough physical characterization in Shakespeare Fatness cannot be separated from character Signifiers of fatness run throughout the play, contrary to 
source
Source: devout and principled man who wasn’t fat Symbolic Size Represents the whole world Fatness allows him to act as a symbolic function rather than
an individual character
Represents more than self Carnival finds expression in grotesque  Homer Effect Rhetorically set up to demand pious answer Deflates the expectation with taboo truth Anti­hero Anti­moralistic Reverses literary trope of selfish anti­hero earning 
redemption through honor speech
Expectation of redemption shows a dedication to excess and 
riot
Foil to Hal Moral thrust and dramatic logic at odds All of Us Morally conclusive ending requires defeat of Falstaff, but 
dramatically satisfying one does not
Resists genre
background image Joyful Antiestablishment Epitome or carnival Glorious Honor OED­ High respect, esteem or reverence; deferential 
admiration
Necessary for military leaders/ monarchs Reflection of individual’s conscience Can be stolen (in)tangible Hotspur Called “honorable spoil” in victory Warrior, fearless, quick­temper, impetuous Interested in family, not material profit Doesn’t recognize beauty in language Honor in aggression Hal (3.2) Reply to scolding More honorable than Hotspur Prove honor by killing Hal Physical stain of dishonor Perverse baptism of battlefield Cultivate honor via gratuitous violence Bloodshed as signifier of honor Falstaff (5.1.127­40)

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School: University of California Riverside
Department: English
Course: Shakespeare
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: Shakespeare
Name: Shakespeare Week 7
Description: Notes for the short week of Week 7
Uploaded: 11/20/2018
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