Read the Tragedy of King Richard the Second

The expectation is that you will respond to one of the following questions with a posting of approximately 2-3 paragraphs

your responses should be specific and make reference to the text. In other words, since we’re learning how to write literary responses in this class, it’s really important that you support your ideas with passages, deatails and quotes from the text. Don’t just tell us why Bolingbroke is such and such a character, support your ideas! 

Questions: (choose one to respond to)

1. Describe Richard’s concept of kingship in this play?

2. Is Henry Bolingbroke honest about his intentions only to claim what is his (i.e., his title as Duke of Lancaster)?

3. Select one of Richard’s poetic speeches. Comment on the use of imagery in that passage.

4. What is the role of the Bishop of Carlisle in this play?

5. Henry Bolingbroke, later King Henry IV, in the final scene both wishes Richard II dead, but does not praise the one who killed him. Describe the conflict that lies within Henry’s mind.


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