What do you note about the language of Bolingbrook and Mowbray?

1.What do you note about the language of Bolingbrook and Mowbray? What is the tone of this language? What words are repeatedly invoked?2.What do we learn in the next scene and how does it make us rethink what we’ve just heard?3.What metaphor does the Duchess use to express the falling of the house? The Duchess has a small part – why do you think she is included? 4.What does John of Gaunt believe about legitimacy? What does the Duchess believe?5.What decisions does Richard make throughout Act 1? What does this tell us about his character?6.Why do you think Richard makes Mowbray and Bolingbrook swear never to meet while banishing them?7.What do we learn about Richard’s character in the last scene?8.Questions to keep in your head: Is this a tragedy? What is “legitimate authority” and how is Shakespeare saying that it has a source (what is the source of authority according to the play? – This is a very difficult question and has several answers.9.Find three rhyming couplets and discuss them – discuss their meaning and significance in the scene they are spoken.

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