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Unformatted text preview: tually the legitimate king. Meanwhile he plans to set up a scene in which he is to be found receiving religious instruction from important church leaders, to show what a good candidate for kingship he would be. Buckingham goes off willingly on Richard’s errand, and Richard tells the audience that he intends to get Clarence’s children ‘out of sight’ and keep the princes in the Tower isolated. Scene 6: A short scene taking us back to the thoughts and feelings of the common people. In a London street, a scrivener (a professional document writer/copier) discusses his latest job – writing out the indictment (warrant) for Hastings’ arrest and execution. He reflects that it has taken him eleven hours to write it, and now Hastings is already dead. He asks two rhetorical questions: who cannot see what is really going on here, and who is going to say anything about it. The answer to both, though unspoken, is ‘no one’. Features: The two speeches about acting. Richard is a great actor. He can convince people by his performances. He is also a director, because he sets up scenes that will work in his favor. The continuing irony of people’s (in this case the Lord Mayor’s) belief in Richard’s trustworthiness – ‘But, my good lord, you grace’s word shall serve…’ Richard’s growing use of Buckingham as a puppet to achieve his ends. 4 Questions 1.
6. What does Richard ask Buckingham at the beginning of Scene 5? What do...
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