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(4)1213 Level N English Richard III Notes Act 4

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Unformatted text preview: y death. Features: Scene 3 – There is an echo of Clarence’s death in Tyrrel’s description of the deaths of the princes: both took place in the Tower, and in both cases the murderers almost changed their mind. The boys are described as gentle babes with alabaster (white) innocent arms, and not at all as they have actually appeared in the play. The speech is designed to extract maximum sympathy from the audience. The news of their deaths puts Richard into good spirits. In his speech to the audience he is his old witty self. He takes the news about Buckingham in his stride. Scene 4 –Whenever the women appear together they take on the role of a wailing chorus, complaining about their losses and competing in the ‘who has lost most’ stakes. Margaret passes the baton of chief curser to the remaining two women as she departs for France. The Duchess immediately uses it in cursing her son. Questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. How do the two murderers feel after having killed the princes? List four actions Richard has taken to secure his position as king. What is his next plan? What are Ratcliffe’s two items of news and what is Richard’s response? What does Queen Margaret compare Richard to? What does Queen Elizabeth compare Richard to? What is the curse that the Duchess puts on Richard? Explain the following quotations: a) “And Anne my wife hath bid this world goodnight.” (li 39) b) “Wilt thou, O God, fly from such gentle lambs/And throw them in the entrails of the wolf?”(li 22 sc. 4) c) “Then forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept/ A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death “ (li 47 sc.4) d) “Bloody thou art; bloody will be thy end. Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend.” (li195 sc.4) Lesson 18: Scenes 4 (l.197‐end)& 5: A Verbal Duel – and Who Wins It Synopsis Scene 4 (l.197‐end):For 240 lines Richard and Queen Elizabeth ‘fight’ over his intention to marry her daughter. Richard asks the Queen to consent to the match and woo...
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