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(5)1213 Level N English Richard III Notes Act 5

Here the dream makes its final appearance in this

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Unformatted text preview: ill be sorry if he dies. Ratcliffe enters and tells Richard it is time to put his armor on. Richard says there is plenty of time. He will first eavesdrop outside some of his soldiers’ tents to see if they are loyal to him. Features: Richmond asks for God’s help. He has emphasized the link between God’s will and his claim to the throne from the beginning. Dreams and the supernatural have been one of the play’s themes. Here the dream makes its final appearance in this stylized scene. The ghosts of the dead all met Clarence in his dream before he was murdered, and here the ghosts of Richard’s victims do the same to him. There is a sense of the play coming full circle. Richard’s speech on waking is disjointed and full of short sentences, showing his sense of fear and confusion. He is no longer in control. Although he talks of conscience, he does not express any remorse for his actions. Questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Why does Stanley say he cannot be seen to support Richmond? Quote the common phrase that all the ghosts say to Richard. What is Richard dreaming? How do we know that it is early morning when Ratcliffe comes in to Richard? 2 5. How does Richard decide to check his troops? Explain the following quotations: a) “Put in their hands thy bruising irons of wrath,/ That they may crush down with a heavy fall/ Th’usurping helmets of our adversaries.” (l.113) b) “I shall despair. There is no creature loves me,/ And if I die no soul shall pity me.” (l. 203) Lesson 21 Act 5 Scenes 3 (l.224‐end), 4 & 5: The Battle, Horses and Victory S...
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