Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Tragedy of King Richard II Act 1, Scenes 2-4


1 day til harry potter, 2 days til north carolina, and 3 days til Next to Normal! SO EXCITED IT'S INSANE!!! i'm ready! i do have to get through 2 days of work before the fun begins, but i can do it. and speaking of work, i work a late shift tonight, so let's do it to it!

act 1, scene 2
Gaunt and the Duchess of Gloucester (widow to the Duke of G, supposedly killed by Mowbray) are in the middle of a heated discussion. the Duchess wants Gaunt to take matters into his own hands and take care of Mowbray, but Gaunt prefers to do nothing. he will leave matters to fate, a.k.a. the will of God. the Duchess tries everything, but Gaunt will not budge. they part, the Duchess alluding to her death.

act 1, scene 3
it is St. Lambert's Day! everyone is gathered for the battle between Mowbray and Bolingbroke. according to their beliefs in "trial by combat", the person who is guilty will die in this fight. they go through all the formalities of getting the fight underway, but at the last minute, King Richard calls it off. he really doesn't want them to fight. (remember, he thinks it will be bad luck for England for this to happen at this time of year.) Richard reveals that the he and the other powers that be have come up with a sentence for the two men. Bolingbroke will be banished for ten years. Mowbray, however, is banished forever. Richard also has them swear that they will under no circumstances meet again. Bolingbroke has some final words for Mowbray (see quote below.) and Mowbray warns Richard that Bolingbroke may not be what he appears to be. Mowbray leaves. Richard sees how sad Gaunt is. he feels so sorry for him that he reduces Bolingbroke's banishment from ten years to six years. Richard leaves. Gaunt and his son Bolingbroke say their goodbyes. Gaunt tries to get Bolingbroke to think positively, but he just can't.

act 1, scene 4
King Richard receives word about Mowbray and Bolingbroke's exit from England. Richard is concerned about the way the commoners reacted to Bolingbroke leaving. he is wary of his relationship with the people. now that the banishment is out of the way, they will turn their attention toward the ;rebels which stand out in Ireland'. Richard tells his peops that they will farm out their land or get extra tax money from the wealthy people of England- whatever it takes to fuel their battle against Ireland.

in scene 2, is the Duchess saying she is going to kill herself? i'm not sure i'm reading that right.

is Mowbray's warning about Bolingbroke in scene 3 a bit of foreshadowing? i have a bad feeling about Bolingbroke. he seems like bad news. and then this warning from Mowbray. i think Bolingbroke might cause some trouble for Richard and England.

now to scene 4... so Richard is a little concerned about Bolingbroke's relationship with the people of England. is this the real reason Bolingbroke is banished? was this whole thing just an excuse to get rid of him? or is this concern something new?

oooh Richard. in scene 4 i am really starting to see the seeds of an inadequate ruler. anyone else with me on this?

quote of the day:
'Norfolk, so far as to mine enemy:
by this time, had the King permitted us,
one of our souls had wandered in the air,
banished this frail sepulcher of our flesh,
as now our flesh is banished from this land.
confess thy treasons ere thou fly this realm.
since thou hast far to go, bear not along
the clogging burden of a guilty soul
   -Bolingbroke; act 1, scene 3

for tomorrow: act 2, scene 1

-rebecca may

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