Essay Topic 1
There are numerous displays of power and people yielding to that power in "Richard II". What were some of the most important examples of this, and what does it say about the characters who acted in this way? Think about how loyalties changed over the course of the play when addressing this question.
Essay Topic 2
Women played a minimal role in "Richard II". Why do you think this is and how would the play have been different if the female characters had stronger roles?
Essay Topic 3
Shakespeare's symbolism of England as sacred ground, a second "Eden" of sorts, was a theme that was heavily used in the play, and something often explored in the lessons. Discuss this symbolism and its most striking examples in the play.
Essay Topic 4
Richard and Bolingbroke exuded an "opposite parallelism" throughout the entire play. When Richard was powerful, Bolingbroke was not...
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