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(1) When Parting from Isabel for the Last Time, Richard Requests That, After His Death, She Narrate His Story: Essay

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Richard is compelled to confront his duality of a being a king and an ordinary man: part of him is supposedly divine and all powerful, and in another an ordinary mortal and prey to his own weaknesses. It is only during his deposition and imprisonment that Richard shows his greatest strength as a dramatic figure and reveals himself to have an acute awareness of the ironies and absurdities in the structure of power in his kingdom.
Stately and poetic, Richard tends to use flowery and eloquent languages. Yet he abandons such poetic metaphors in the final act and seems fully resigned to the loss of his kingship. “Senseless” as he is now, not even the Queen’s indignation can rouse him from his comfortable despair. “Tell thou the lamentable tale of me, and send the hearers weeping their beds” (5.1.44-5) He asks of others to lament his fate, to mourn his loss and fall for power yet he remains numb. Shakespeare renders King Richard a sympathetic manner with words like “sympathize”, “moving”, “compassion”, repetition of “weep” in his private suffering that may, however, degenerates into self-pity   (5.1.45-8). Detailing the accounts of his story by comparing them to components of fireplace, “fire”, “ashes” and “coal-black”, Richard seems to enjoy the fantastical imagining of aged women sitting around a fire during a deep winter's night to disclose every segments of such woeful and sorrowful story of poor King Richard (5.1.48-9), remembering his insufferable plight and misfortunes.
He is convinced of his divinely appointed royalty and blindly embraces the trappings of kingship. “Not all the water in the rough rude sea can wash the balm off from an anointed king; the breath of worldly men cannot depose the deputy elected by the Lord (3.2.3).” He does not bother to defend himself or his right to the crown even in the face of Bolingbroke’s invasion. The imprisonment illustrates a revelation of reality that he cannot evade, “the deposing of a (rightful) king” (5.1.50). It...

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