Richard II By William Shakespeare Study Help Essay Questions

1. How do the political themes and private themes in the play interconnect?

2. In what ways can Richard be considered a tragic figure?

3. Discuss the imagery of gardens and gardening in the play.

4. Contrast Richard and Henry as rulers.

5. Is this play humorless?

6. How do the minor characters such as Mowbray, Aumerle, Bushy, Bagot, and Green function in the play?

7. What is the particular function of the women in this play?

8. To what extent does the death of Gloucester affect Richard's deposition?

9. Defend York's change of allegiance to Bolingbroke.

10. Richard is often said to be an "unkingly" ruler. Discuss.

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