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  1. "Richard III is a study in evil." Discuss Richard's role as a tragic hero.

    He would also be witty and self-consciously theatrical. Examples of Richard?s wit and cruel humour can be seen throughout the play and is reinforced through his use of word play adding to the dramatic irony of the scenes e.g. when he tells Clarence that his ?imprisonment shall not be long?. The audience, unlike Clarence know that this is a reference to Clarence?s foreseeable death which Richard explained to us in his earlier soliloquy. His witty nature, it could be argued, is a desirable quality but by the end of the paly his wit deserts him, for example, when he does not manage to convince Elizabeth to marry her daughter.

    • Word count: 1229
  2. Does Coriolanus make mistakes or errors in judgement that lead to his downfall? If so, what are they and how did they lead to his downfall?

    Additionally they would be looked at as victory scars or and as a mark of heroism rather than a result of a foolish and rash decision.It comes down to the fact that he would not have to answer for his mistakes in war as opposed to his mistakes against the plebeians who are not particularly fond of him. Coriolanus, though he is brave, ferocious and strategic in the context of war where the consequences of miscarried and miscalculated actions do not bring great effect, he is helplessly out of his element when his mother Volumnia coerces him into politics.

    • Word count: 1164
  3. Coriolanus, write a critical appreciation of the following passage, (Act 1, Scene 1, 146-210) showing what it contributes to your understanding of Martius (Coriolanus).

    Martius is hot-tempered, full of disdain and has no skills with which to deal with the common masses. Note the contrast between Martius? and Menenius? tone and behaviour; Martius is rash and angry in dealing with the plebeians but Menenius has proven himself calm and wise. Martius? insults undo all of Menenius? hard work, and again inflame the anger of the masses. He clearly does not know what to do in tricky domestic situations like in this particular passage. Nevertheless, he is blunt and is not afraid to show his dislike for the plebeians unlike Menenius who is easier going yet too ready to compromise, and to hide his true feelings about the plebeians.

    • Word count: 1256
  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,

    • Word count: 807
  5. Write a dramatic monologue in the style of Aaron reflecting on the motivation for his actions at one point in Act II of Titus Andronicus.

    Aaron digs up a hole and hides the bag of gold The wilderness surroundings are perfect this morning, hardly a bird in sight, the cold wind brushing green leaves past the buried treasure, covering its abused soil. Aaron takes a seat on a shallow tree stump The letter is ready to be sent; the tongue will soon be dealt with. Oh the way these dark tree?s would look more attractive with a hint of Andronicus blood splattered around it, Titus himself has slain his children so I may aswell join him!

    • Word count: 1913

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