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Unformatted text preview: use. They feel that Hastings will not do anything to disinherit Prince Edward. Richard asks Catesby to tell Hastings that his enemies are to be executed – thanks to Richard’s intervention – to see if this will turn him into a supporter of Richard’s cause. Buckingham asks Richard what they will do if Hastings does not support them. Richard answers ‘Chop off his head’. Richard promises Buckingham a reward after he is king – the title of Earl of Hereford. Features: The characterization of Prince Edward. He has a boy’s exaggerated awareness of his position. He refers to himself in his first speech as the royal ‘We’, which is a privilege of kingship. He criticizes his uncle for arresting his other uncles; he is off‐hand in his acknowledgement of the Lord Mayor of London’s coming to meet him, complaining rather that his mother and brother are not there and describing Hastings as a ‘slug’ for not bringing them. There follows the dramatic irony of his talk of posterity in relation to Julius Caesar’s achievements, and his determination to win back land in France lost during the reign of Henry VI. (The audience knows that he will soon be dead). Shakespeare’s portrayal of the boy does not, however, create a sense that England lost a great king in the young Edward. There is a good reason for that: it was politically important to show that nothing could be better than the Tudor dynasty. Questions: 1. W...
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