William Shakespeare killed off one of his rascal, comic characters and then brought him back because Queen Elizabeth I was so found of him. What is the name of the character and for what play was the comic rogue resurrected?
The character was Sir John Falstaff who appeared in Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II. His death is mentioned in Henry V. Despite the fact that he had passed on and much to Elizabeth’s delight, he was brought back for The Merry Wives of Windsor. Shakespeare knew how to play to the crowd, especially if that crowd was the Royal “We.”