Unformatted text preview: r his safety and that of Hastings, and begs Hastings to flee to safety with him in the north, away from Richard. Hastings, however, sees no cause for alarm and sends the messenger back with a suggestion that the two of them go together to the Tower (for the council). Catesby enters (Hastings regards him as a friend) and suggests that the country will only be stable if Richard becomes king. Hastings says he will never support Richard’s claim against young Edward, who is the rightful heir. Ironically Hastings thinks he is safe, and that he will laugh about all this in a year’s time;he celebrates news that his enemies Rivers, Vaughan and Greyare to be executed that day, unaware that Richard plans to execute him too. Stanley enters. He is still worried, but Hastings reassures him that all will be well. In high good humor, Hastings gives a purse of money to one of his followers. Buckingham comes to fetch him for the council at the Tower, and Hastings happily goes along with him. Features: Stanley’s dream. Whilst he correctly interprets it as a warning, it is actually not a prophetic dream but rather the opposite, as in the final battle it is Stanley’s defection to Richmond that is largely responsible for Richard’s defeat and death. The extreme irony of Hastings confidence and good humor. Questions 1.
6. What is the significance of Stanley’s dream? What does Stanley want Hastings to do? Why does Hastings refuse? What does Catesby tell Hastings about Richard? Explain why Hasting’s confidence in Richard is ironic. Explain the following quotes: 2 a) “He dreamt the boar had razed his helm...
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