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Unformatted text preview: at a very late stage in the play; however, it is important that he should make an immediate mark. The language of his speech in which he describes Richard as a boar who ‘spoiled your summer fields and fruitful vines,/ Swills your warm blood like wash, and makes his trough/ In your emboweled bosoms’ is powerful and sets him up as a major player. Of the 431 lines that remain in the play after Richmond enters, he speaks 137. Richard speaks 150. Apart from the ‘duel’ between Richard and Queen Elizabeth, this is the only time in the play when another character challenges Richard’s dominance in terms of time on stage and lines spoken. The theatrical device of showing the two camps is Shakespeare’s way (in the days before film) of letting us see and compare the preparations on both sides. Notice also the references to time passing from sunset (‘The weary sun hath made a golden set’) to supper time (‘It’s supper time, my lord; it’s nine o’clock’). The scene will take us through the whole night. Shakespeare’s audience was watching the play outdoors in the afternoon. He had to tell them the time to give them the sense of night. Shakespeare shows Richard to be a careful and experienced soldier. He asks Catesby if his beaver (visor) is ‘easier than it was’ and asks Ratcliffe to check that his staves (lances) are ‘sound and not too heavy’. Questions: 1. Explain Buckingham’s attitude to his execution. 2. What animal does Richmond use to describe Richard? 1 3.
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