Why do you think Shakespeare has given Gaunt such poetic language here?

1.Note John of Gaunt’s exquisite metaphors in his monologues. Write two quotes from this scene and discuss them. Why do you think Shakespeare has given Gaunt such poetic language here?2.In Scene 2, Gaunt plays on his name and Richard cannot see his point. What does Richard say? What does that tell us about him?3.(Note if you can all the instances where Richard cannot heed advice)4.What does Richard do at Gaunt’s death? (Note Richard’s relation to his uncles, his father’s generation – why is this important?)5.What is the Duke of York’s advice to Richard? (195) How does York express what Richard is doing (taking time away)…Use the text.6.What is Richard’s response to York’s advice? What does this tell us about him?7.Money is an important theme in this play. What do we learn about the amount of money Richard has spent?8.265: Northumberland uses a tempest metaphor to discuss the state and the nobles as sailors – how does such a metaphor function?9.Northumberland, Ross and Willoughby express that they are “unified” and that they “think as one.” How is this idea important in terms of what we’ve seen in the play so far? 10.Scene 2: The Queen is a character more or less invented by Shakespeare – what is her function – why include her when she is not needed for the drama itself? 11.What metaphor does she use for sorrow; why is it important in terms of the play’s metaphors?12.110: What dilemma does York voice; how is it the chief dilemma of the play?13.145: “The three of us will not meet again.” If we think of the themes of division and unity in the play, what is being said here about Richard’s cronies?14.Scene 3: Note the language of Bolingbrook. What words repeat ? How does he speak? (use the text to discuss) and why is this important.15.Why does Bolingbrook say that he will respond only to his title of Lancaster? What is at stake? What is his claim? Is it reasonable?16.70-105 What does York say? 17.What is the function of the short scene at the end of Act II? What do we learn and why is it important?

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