Shakespeare is able to glorify and emphasize deaths among the aristocracy throughout his history plays, specifically in the Henry VI trilogy and Richard III.
Shakespeare is able to glorify and emphasize deaths among
1. Shakespeare is able to glorify and emphasize deaths among the aristocracy throughout his history plays, specifically in the Henry VI trilogy and Richard III. However, the killings of commoners in battle is probably much more frequent. Although less noticeable due to being mostly unstaged and unrecognized for their injustice. Richard III is no stranger to murder. He kills only aristocrats in order to rise to power, whereas leaders before him caused the demise of many commoners in war in order to maintain their power.
Yet, Richard III is often cast in a more negative light than other leaders. Argue whether or not Richard is better or worse than those before him for sacrificing the lives of aristocrats rather than commoners.
#2. From the power-hungry, almost masculine Queen Margaret, to the mild but manipulative Lady Grey, we see very few feminine roles in Henry VI Parts 2 and 3. Yet, in Richard III, Shakespeare gives his female characters a bit of a different role. In fact, women have quite an instrumental role within Richard III. Discuss the complicated roles of women by elaborating on their place within the story, and their vitality. Also, their efficaciousness in influencing the play’s outcome.
#3. Discuss Rikki as a victim of maternal abandonment in childhood.
How does Attachment Theory, primarily developed by John Bowlby, help to explain why Rikki cannot make meaningful attachments to other human beings in adulthood? Does attachment failure turn him into a psychopath? Is Rikki’s characterization an appropriate way of adapting Richard III for the modern day? Make sure to spend some time on other characters and how they might fit into this framework. Also, integrate one or two theories of trauma into your analysis.
Clearly Rikki was traumatized by his Norteño cousins between the ages of 7 and 12. (What he calls growing up “the hard way”), which has resulted in symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or its subset, PITS (Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress). The cinematic flashbacks are actually PTSD/PITS flashbacks situated at significant moments in the film. Are the filmmakers using psychiatric/psychological issues to create sympathy for Rikki? If so, does this extend to the world that all the other characters seem forced to inhabit? If not, how do you judge Rikki and his world?