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3,2 Richard

Divinity / hubris / no resolute action

Not all the water in the rough rude sea can wash the balm off from an anointed king; the breath of wordly men cannot depose the devoutly elected by the lord


4,1 Richard

Metaphor for the downfall of Richard and successful of Bolingbroke

Power shifts from Richard to B

That bucket down and full of tears am I, drinking my griefs while you mount up on high


3,2 Richard

Hubris/ power / divinity

Ambiguous because this is the same scene he dwells upon fate

Am I not king?


4,1 Richard

Tragic loss / ironic as hie excessive belief in divinity has been corrupted / although he is suffering he remains magnificence through speech

“My crown I am, but still my griefs are mine. You may my glories and my state depose. But not my griefs; still am I king of those”


1,4 Richard

Tragic flaw / suffering of England / going to Ireland to fund wars

We are inforced to farm our royal realm; the revenue whereof shall furnish us for our affairs in hand


3,2 Richard

Arrives back from Ireland/ he dwells/ no resolute action / inevitable

“For gods sake let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings”


2,1 York

Tragic mistake / he stole Henry’s inheritance / rules of inheritance

Did not the one deserve to have an heir?


Richard 3,3

Tragic fall/ loss / mythological biblical reference / descent from high status / inevitable

“Down, down I come, like glist’ring phaeton... in the base court? Base court where kings grown base”


Gaunt 2,1

Biblical imagery about England/ greatness / highlights loss

“This royal throne of kings...Demi paradise”


Richard 3,2

Inevitable fate / dwells / death

“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, of epitaphs... write sorrow on the bosom of the earth””


Gaunt 2,1

England greatness / Richards inept treatment of England

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”


Richard 5,5

Soliloquy/ pitty/ isolation / change of fortune/

I have been studying how I may compare this prison where I live unto the world


York 2,1

Richards Mistake / suffering / foreboding / fate / Richard doesn’t listen to this

“If you do wrongfully seize Herefords rights ... you pluck a 1000 dangers on your head”


Gaunt 1,2

Divinity/ can’t avenge his brothers death / treason if so

For I may never lift an angry arm against his minister


Richard 4,1

Anaphora / repetition / highlights loss / Sufferinf

With my own tears I wash away my balm
With my own hand I give away my crown



Bolingbroke bond with common people

“How he did seem to dub into their hearts with humble and familiar Courtesy


Richard 2,1

Tragic mistake / against rules of inheritance

“We seize into our hands his plate his good, his money and his lands