Academic Papers on Richard II & III

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A 5 page paper analyzing the twin motifs of blood and land in Shakespeare's Richard II. The paper shows that the play was really designed to argue that lineage was not necessarily the best determinant of good government in order to uphold his own sovereign's legitimate title to the throne. No additional sources cited.

A 9 page paper on Shakespeare's "Richard II" in which the writer discusses plot, theme, and characterization in considerable detail. It is ultimately argued that this play makes us aware of the problems of its society and in doing so, the author strays from the typical writing of his own day while remaining in tune ...

A 5 page paper characterizing Henry IV in Shakespeare's play, 'Richard II'. Shows Henry's rite of passage in his determination to right the wrongs perpetrated by Richard II in stealing Henry's family land and fortune, as well as his determination to rid England of a despotic king. Three additional sources cited.

In this extremely well-written 8 page essay, the writer is concerned with how, in Richard III, women are given great clout,-- yet are disempowered at the same time. The phenomenon of Shakespeare's treatment of women is then compared with such in other plays (i.e., Henry IV - VII). It is concluded that Richard III is ...

Love in Richard III

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper that considers Richard's perceptions of love as they relate to the common theme of love in Shakespeare's work. This paper reflects on perceptions developed from reading the play as well as from the character presented by Ian McClellen in his 20th century film version. Bibliography with 1 source.

A 6 page paper on Laurence Olivier's film production of Shakespeare's history play. The paper looks at the way Olivier interpreted the character of Richard through five soliloquies delivered in the film, and determines whether these long looks into the contents of Richard's soul make him a sympathetic character. No additional sources cited.

A 6 page paper discussing filmmaker Ian McKellan's version of Shakespeare's history play. It concludes that evil is not a state of being; it is an active verb, and evil remains evil regardless of its causes. An added section provides some history of the Globe and Blackfriar's theaters. No additional sources cited.

A ten page paper describing the events and significance of five pivotal scenes from this play: Act I, Scene 2; Act II, Scene 1; Act III, Scene 1; and Act IV, Scenes 3 and 4. The paper shows how Shakespeare demonstrates that evil may triumph for a short time, but good will win in the ...

A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts the relationship between Buckingham and Richard III, in Shakespeare's "Richard III," with the relationship between the Duke of York and Richard II in Shakespeare's "Richard II." No additional sources cited.

King Richard the Third is known historically as well as through the plays of William Shakespeare to be a notoriously evil man who seeks power above all else and lets nothing or no-one stand in his way. This 5 page paper presents the argument that Queen Elizabeth is one of the few characters that meets Richard on his own ...

An 11 page paper which analyzes the character of Lady Percy in "Henry IV: Act I," and Queen Margaret in "Richard III." The paper argues that they are not your traditional female characters, in terms of gender definition of the Renaissance period, as was often the case with Shakespeare's women. The paper provides an examination of gender concerns in Shakespeare ...

A six page paper analyzing the pivotal character of the usurper to Richard's throne. Particular attention is paid to the differences between Bolingbroke and Richard, and the reasons behind the success of Bolingbroke's reign after Richard was deposed. Bibliography lists four sources.

The play, Richard II by William Shakespeare is centered on the idea of treachery. This 5 page paper explores the images, diction, characterization and rhetoric used by Richard in his speech of abdication. No additional sources are listed.

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares the characters of Richard II and Bolingbroke as rulers. No additional sources cited.

This 7 page paper considers the issue of the reputation of Richard III. For centuries, historians and writers of historical fiction have considered the reputation of Richard III, and have offered dichotomous perspectives on this British monarch's actions, his beliefs, and even his religious ideologies. While some claimed that Richard was one of the most ...

A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the portrayal of King Richard III, explain the reasons for the differences in characterization, and consider how the depiction of other historical events have been perceived differently. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 10 page paper which examines how Richard III is presented as a caricature in both the play and film versions. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

A 7 page paper which analyzes Richard III's attitudes towards women in Shakespeare's play. The women discussed are Lady Anne, Queen Margaret, and Queen Elizabeth. No additional sources cited.

This 5 page report discusses the fact that the unique aspect of the universality of very well-known works being turned into a cinema application is that the audience has easy access to the original text and, in fact, may have seen the story presented in a different context, in a number of circumstances. They are likely to know the story ...

A 10 page paper which examines how Shakespeare’s view of kingship is represented in these plays. No additional sources are used.

A 5 page paper which examines the Shakespearean characters, Hamlet and King Richard II, and analyzes which would be more characteristic of Aristotle's tragic hero. The paper argues that Hamlet is a more sympathetic character and thus more of a tragic hero. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines the wooing of Lady Anne in Shakespeare's "Richard III." No additional sources cited.

A 10 page paper which examines how each play explores the theme of appearance and reality. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A seven page paper which takes a New Historicist critical perspective on Shakespeare's history plays, with particular reference to the Henry plays and Richard III. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 2.5 page paper which examines how “1 Henry IV” is both a sequel to “Richard II” and yet also a play that is distinctly different in structure, theme, and content, concentrating on the major differences between the two. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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