Academic Papers on Richard II & III

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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 ...

In six pages an analysis of six important passages of William Shakespeare’s plays – Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene i), Merchant of Venice (Act III, Scene ii), The Tempest (Act IV, Scene i), Richard III (Act I, Scene ii), As You Like It (Act II, Scene vii), and Hamlet (Act V, Scene ii) – is ...

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 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 4 page essay that contrasts and compares the historical figures of King Richard II and Richard III. The writer discusses how each figure relates to English history, Shakespeare's motivations in their characterization and how each differs in his own particular villainy. The Elizabethan Age was extremely patriotic and one of Shakespeare's principal concerns in ...

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 ...

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 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 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 5 page paper which examines how Shakespeare recounted the history of Richard III in his play. Bibliography lists 5 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 3 page paper which examines specific scenes from each play to demonstrate how Shakespeare employed lyric poetry to achieve dramatic effect. Bibliography lists 5 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In five pages this paper examines how the content of these plays by William Shakespeare portrays the protagonists as villains in a consideration of the contrasting images of darkness and light and how chaos results when men who have not rightfully ascended to the kingship sit on the throne. One source is cited in ...

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

An 8 page paper which examines how the play was staged for Elizabethan audiences, particularly in terms of characterization and space. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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

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 4 page paper which compares and contrasts how these concepts would be predominantly interpreted by Shakespeare’s audience in contrast with the postmodern perspective. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 6 page paper which examines the way in which despite his protestations, Richard III ‘proves a lover’ in his seduction of Lady Anne. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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

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