So, first things first: what does the Bard present the Fluellen as on the surface? --Remember, Fluellen is meant to be a stereotype of the Welsh people.-- I would say:
- That he is exhibited as having a personality inclined toward exaggerated seriousness
- Frequently misprounces words in a Welsh accent and/or fashion
- Comes across as unintelligent, uneducated, and even downright simple
- Is generally loud-mouthed and long-winded
Well, if Shakespeare didn't mean to make him out as the equivalent of a fresh-out-of-the-MTC missionary, there must be something more. This is were the indepth analysis comes in. Now, I haven't done any scholarship on this yet--that comes tomorrow--so this will probably come across as basic and ''duh''-worthy. Well, too bad. Fluellen, on a deeper level, is shown as :
- Using his ''clownish'' behavior to keep moral up in a hard, discouraging time. This shows him to be optimistic.
- Strategic, or at least far more perceptive than one would believe, when the time calls for him to be so.
- Proficient at the duties he is meant to fulfill, even if he has a round-about way of getting to it.