- Character, types, and roles. Look not only at the two main characters (Richard and Bolingbroke), but at some of the minor ones as well. Consider York especially; at times he seems to play the role of a chorus figure expressing the general view of the onlookers, and at others to be an almost comic character, a blustery old man.
- Political currents and undercurrents. Does the play present an open debate about the nature of power or preach a sermon against the unlawful usurpation of a throne?
- In addition you may want to discuss the dramatic puzzle of the "Aumerle episode"--those scenes (5. 2 and 3) where York discovers the plot of Aumerle and he, the Duchess, and Aumerle himself charge off to the court to plead their various claims before the new King. Are these scenes to be read "straight" (in which case we will probably see them as melodramatic) or are they deliberately comic?
This nineteenth century interpretation
of York's discovery of Aumerle's treason
clearly takes the episode seriously.