How Richard II is Presented in William Shakespeare's Play Essay

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How Richard II is Presented in William Shakespeare's Play

In the play, Shakespeare presents Richard as a person who blames others for people's situations that he has caused. He does this by pretending to Clarence that it is the queen's fault he has been imprisoned. To help ease the pain for Clarence and understand the decision made, Richard tells him that "men are ruled by women" and Clarence understands this given to what others say about her. The language used has an impact because Richard is telling Clarence this and may be said in a disgraced way.

Furthermore when talking, Richard uses the line "we are the queens abject" to demonstrate the power one person has over them all. The word
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In life these actions are similar to that of President George Bush. He is telling the world Saddam Hussein is a threat, but it is Bush that wants war.

Richard's cruel and zealous mind also humiliates people to show his authority over them.

When he asks "Naught to do with mistress Shore?" to Brakenbury he might possibly punning on 'nought' and 'naught' meaning 'nothing' and 'to have sex' to possibly deliberately make Brakenbury feel inferior. The language used could be said if though it is to a small child in a soft and sympathetic way even though he is not a child.

In Act 1 Scene 2 Richard humiliates another person by screaming at him in a boisterous way "unmannered dog, stand thou when I command" this person could be embarrassed or frightened because this new power has downgraded him to a canine. The language is harsh because words like 'unmannered' and 'command' make us think that Richard is the master (what he wants to be) and everyone else is the servant. They might be shouted to emphasise the comparison of the human and the dog.

Even though he humiliates others so he can feel more important, he can also make himself seem humiliated by letting Anne rise above him.

When he tries to convince her that they should be wedded, she spits and he says, "Why dost thou spit

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