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  1. The Dramatic Significance of Act 3.4 of Richard III

    He is also the one who has most often been associated with hell and the devil by many characters in the previous acts of the play. For example, in Act 1 Scene 3 Margaret refers to Richard as "The slave of nature and the son of hell!". The hard alliteration of the 'd' sounds in "damned", "death" and "devilish" also make him sound evil and cruel. As such, we are able to see through his false front and also realise how absurd his argument is as he is born with the deformities that he is accusing others inflicting upon him.

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    It would appear that his association with characters such as Falstaff and Poins have nothing but negative implications. This is a key example of an escape from the past into a new future. Hal is attempting to break away from the grasp of Falstaff and his tarnished past into a future of glory, maturity and strong leadership. The idea that in fact past events can have a positive effect is then developed. In a conversation with the King, Warwick states that 'the Prince but studies his companions like a strange tongue, wherein, to gain the language'. This implies that through his knowledge of characters such as Falstaff, and past experience, Prince Hal is in fact gaining a skill that will eventually lead to successful leadership.

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  3. How far do you agree that the ending of Henry IV (part 2) is more tragic than triumphant?

    Shakespeare presents the ending as Falstaff having all hope in become a great man with wealth as Hal is now going to become King of England. However, this situation doesn't occur as he is banished from being part of the court. From this it shows us that Hal has matured and that England has potential to turn into a properous country and the disease which was created by the politics of the court would disappear. As Henry IV held this disease and guilt from taking the crown from Richard II it showed us that England had a slight weakness however,

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  4. With close reference used to dramatic methods, discuss Shakespeares portrayal of Hotspur in Act 3 Scene 1.

    It shall not wind with such a deep indent, to rob me of so rich a bottom here.? Hotspur wants more of what he has already got and isn?t grateful for his shares, with this showing his self-centered and egocentric personality. Hotspur constantly speaks in a derisive tone to others and often rudely interrupts them in pieces of dialogue. In this particular scene, Hotspur is being portrayed by Shakespeare as a disrespectful character. He bluntly denies Glendower?s boast about his magic powers and mocks him when he mentions the meteor shower that occurred on the night of his birth, ?Why,

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