English 366B, Section S02
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: Challenge and Debate
Act 1: Challenge and Debate
The opening: drama and hyperbole (1. 1. 95-7).
Is the language of the opening scenes rather formal?
Dramatic irony if Richard himself was believed to have been involved in the death of his uncle Thomas of Woodstock
Revenge or patience?
Who is the agent of revenge: human or God?
Inversion of sex roles.
Trial by combat
The difference between Richard's time and Shakespeare's.
The interruption of the trial.
Motivation and character versus type and role: Richard in public and private roles (1.3. and 1.4.).
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