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  1. Comment on and analyse the role of women in the King Richard 3rd?

    The women in the play, Queen Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, The Duchess of York and Lady Anne Neville are all victims of the misogyny in society where men have all the power. This is shown in a number of scenes during the play one of which is, Act 1 Scene 2, where Richard is trying to get Anne to marry him even though he has just killed her proposed husband, Edward, and his father, Henry VI. To start with, Anne curses Richard for everything he has done as she cannot do anything about it except let him knows that she hates him and wishes him to be "damned for that wicked deed".

    • Word count: 3572
  2. Examine closely the contrasting characters of Hal and Hotspur in King Henry IV, Part One, showing how the play is built around their actions and different destinies, and how this contrast is reflected in the language associated with them.

    The word 'theme' shows that Hotspur is a main part of the word honour and without Hotspur and all his honour there is not much honour left as Hotspur holds a great deal of it. He is described as: 'the straightest plant'; by the king as the word straighest shows that hotspur is in his prime and that he is the strongest, most full and most wanted. The word 'plant' is also significant as plants and trees are needed for the survival of humanity as they take in the carbon dioxide that humans exhale which is useless to humans and

    • Word count: 3007
  3. A comparison (up to the end of Act 3) of the 'courts' of Henry IV and his son Prince Harry

    This setting in which he is in is extremely royal and expensive; this helps me to explain my comparison. But also, during Act 3 in the book, there is some clear ink drawings describing the settings of his courts. These are extremely plain areas, but they have their unique points to them. But in a complete contrast of this court, is Hal's: Inns, dirty apartments filled with commoners and prostitutes- that was the world of Hal's. But this was also of feeling, of life, of happiness.

    • Word count: 3455
  4. The contrast between Hotspur and Hal is the main theme in Henry IV part one.

    His bravery and rashness are the two qualities constantly commented on by the other characters in the play. Henry sees Percy as a young god of war, "Mars in swathling clothes" and says he is acknowledged by all as the holder of "military title capital". He is regarded as the greatest soldier in Europe. On the whole it is his bravery which impresses them most, for them he is the epitome of honour, the living example of those chivalric values to which a noble youth should aspire.

    • Word count: 3382
  5. Consider How Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Character of Prince Hal and Hotspur In Dramatic Contrast In Henry IV Part 1.

    by looking on the praise of him, See riot and dishonour stain the brow Of my young Harry" The King says somewhat unconvincingly that maybe Prince Hal and Hotspur were swapped as Baby's "by a night tripping fairy." We see some justification in Act 1, Scene 2 of why Prince Hal is such a disappointment to the King. In Act 1, Scene 1 King Henry spoke of his Son's 'riot and dishonour.' We see this in action in Scene 2 as Prince Hal and his friend Falstaff are joking and poking fun about when the Prince shall become King.

    • Word count: 3496
  6. Discuss Shakespeare's portrayal of Hal in Henry IV Part One.

    There was still however a stronger claim to the throne, Edmund Mortimer; descendant of Lionel, Duke of Clarence. It was thought that Bullingbrook had unrightfully taken the throne from Mortimer. However in Shakespeare's play it is shown that Bollingbrook is deeply saddened by Richards death and that the Mortimer's had passed the throne to bollingbrook. This would have pleased the Tudors. Another way in which Shakespeare keeps on the good side of the Tudors is with the use of hal's "reformation". The fact that Hal had once been an immature and foolish young prince, who was in no way fit to be a king yet he had changed so much to take on his new role as the king.

    • Word count: 3010

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