King Richard iii Study Notes.pdf - Advanced English HSC Study Notes MODULE A COMPARATIVE STUDY Pacino RICHARD III LOOKING FOR RICHARD Shakespeare 1592

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MODULE A: COMPARATIVE STUDYAdvanced English HSC Study Notes• Effects of context, purpose & audience on the shaping of meaning • Influence of social, cultural & historical contexts: -Composers choice of form & features -Ideas, values, attitudes conveyed -Purpose, audience • Way changes in context lead to changed values • Implicit & explicit relationship between the texts: -Implicit: values, themes, ideas, issues, purpose -Explicit: scenes, characterization, language • How relationship between the texts deepen understanding of values,significance & context of each text! how both texts together enrich our understanding RICHARD III &LOOKING FOR RICHARD Shakespeare 1592PacinoSHAKESPEARE – purpose, context, form, techniques > COMPARISON (reshape, reimagine) w/ PACINO – purpose, context, form, techniques > both texts’ impact on our ENRICHING UNDERSTANDINGIDEA• Comparison • Reshape • Reimagine • Deepen • Enrich • Illuminate • Frailty of humans • Search for identity in life • Search for meaning MODULE A WORDSCONTEXT AND PURPOSEKING RICHARD III – ELIZABETHAN ERA, 16TH CENTURY LOOKING FOR RICHARD – 1990S, LATE 20TH CENTURYPolitical: • Post War of the Roses • Monarchy -Comment on nature of politics at the time: waymonarchies behave Political: • Post Cold War • Dominance ofdemocracy • Manipulation & deceitin politics • Liberal ideology -Cooperation -Community -Egalitarianism -Empathy Social: • Divine Right of Kings -Moral dilemma of seeking power • Great Chain of Being -Maintain social & political order • Growing secularism, shift away from humanity’sunquestioned relationship w/ God -Tension between fate & free will - reflected in Richard’s character Social: • The “American dream” -Ambition -‘Self-made man’ -Corruption & tyranny thatresults from unbridled pursuit of power &lack of moral compass • Show layers of characters &people • Increased secularism -Focus on Richard’schoices ambitions & eventual downfall as aconsequence of lack of humanity &morality, as opposed to his affront to Godor right to rule
MODULE A: COMPARATIVE STUDY

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