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Unformatted text preview: York and unite the houses of Lancaster and York. The Wars of the Roses are over. Features: Language – the power of persuasion –has been Richard’s greatest weapon through the play. Here, however, it lets him down. It is Richmond who makes the more powerful address to his army, appealing to their higher sentiments. Richard tries to motivate them through xenophobia (fear of foreigners), not by any emphasis on his own right to the throne. The symbol of the sun began the play (‘Now is the winter of our discontent/ Made glorious summer by this sun of York’) and its failure to shine on the morning of the battle is symbolic of the fall of the Yorkist dynasty, despite Richard’s attempt to discount it. It is a requirement of a play which is a tragedy that the main character should show some redeeming qualities before he dies. The description of Richard’s fighting by Catesby follows this pattern, but it is noticeable that no fine words are spoken over Richard’s dead body, as is usually the case (cf. Mark Antony, in ‘Julius Caesar’, describing Brutus as ‘the noblest Roman of them all’). Questions: 1. How does Richmond describe Richard? 3 2. Why will Stanley’s son not be killed?...
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