King Richard II | Critical Essay by Dennis R. Klinck

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of King Richard II.
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Critical Essay by Dennis R. Klinck

SOURCE: “Shakespeare's Richard II as Landlord and Wasting Tenant,” in College Literature, Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter, 1998, pp. 21-34.

In the following essay, Klinck studies Shakespeare's portrayal of Richard as both the landlord of England and as a tenant who commits “waste” in the Elizabethan legal sense of the term, and maintains that the idea of Richard as a wasting tenant is a figurative notion.

If waste be made by a tenant for a term of life of houses or of gardens …, although it be of one house or twenty apple-trees in a garden, the tenant will lose the whole messuage; and so he will lose the whole garden.

(Bereford 274)

That the law of real property occupies a prominent place in Shakespeare's Richard II has been frequently remarked.1 For example, Bolton...

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