King Richard II | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles R. Forker

This literature criticism consists of approximately 30 pages of analysis & critique of King Richard II.
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Critical Essay by Charles R. Forker

SOURCE: Forker, Charles R. “Unstable Identity in Shakespeare's Richard II.Renascence 54, no. 1 (fall 2001): 3-22.

In the following essay, Forker attributes Richard II's “unstable and mutable personality” to the tension between his position as king by divine right and his mortal fallibility.

That which is now a horse, even with a thought The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct As water is in water. .....Here I am Antony, Yet cannot hold this visible shape. … 

(Antony and Cleopatra 4.14.9-14)1

Antony's sudden, shaky sense of his own identity raises an issue that besets several of Shakespeare's tragic protagonists. In this essay I want to consider the character of Richard II as a case in point,2 to suggest that Richard's struggle to come to terms with the...

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