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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Roy C. McCall

Second Advisor

William D. Coder

First Committee Member

Marcus Brown


This monograph is an analytical study of the character of Sir John Falstaff in The First and Second Parts of Henry The Fourth, and The Merry Wives of Windor, by William Shakespeare, its purpose being to assist in an accurate portrayal of the character upon the stage. It is, then, an acting thesis in three parts: a study of the historical element of the character, analysis of the masterpieces as created by Shakespeare, and an intensive research of the character as portrayed by the best actors from Shakespeare's original production in the Globe Theatre to the present day.