Richard II—The Fall of the King
Lecture no. 14 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Although a crucial character, Bolingbroke is opaque. We cannot be sure when and why he decides to reach for the crown. Richard, on the other hand, is eloquently self-expressive: Shakespeare gives him beautiful and evocative speeches. Where does the power of Richard's language come from? How does it manifest his character? Does it evoke sympathy—or irritation? Does Richard ever move beyond the limits of self-dramatization toward true self-knowledge?