is a fictional character who appears in four plays by William Shakespeare
. Round and glorious, tradition holds that Shakespeare wrote the part for his second comedian, a fat man, John Heminge, who played at bold, baudy humor of a John Candy
sort. Flush with flatulent humor, Falstaff still managed to embody a kind of depth common to Shakespeare's tricky comedy. In Act II, Scene III of Henry V
, his death is described by the character "Hostess", possibly the bar-lady Mistress Quickly, who describes his body in terms that echo the description of the death of Socrates
He appears in:
Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, Falstaff, with libretto by Arrigo Boito, is an opera buffa, based primarily on The Merry Wives of Windsor.