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Order and Disorder

Hierarchies and challenges to them

  1. The Medieval universe: a closed space, ordered and hierarchical.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/spheres.html
    Where do you find hierarchies in Richard II ?)

  2. The elements and humours: a symmetrical four, again with its hierarchy.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/sublunary.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/elements.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/humours.html
    Are there any characters in Richard II who fit the humours?

  3. Ladders and chains of being.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/chain.html
    How rigid is the social structure of Shakespeare's histories?

  4. Political Order/Political Reality in the Kingdom

  5. Social order: From King to gardener
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/socialorder.html

  6. Order in the family and between the sexes?.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/sexes.html
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/society/status.html

  7. Microcosm and macrocosm: out there and in here.
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/macromicro.html
    Carlisle speaks of the disruption in that will follow deposition
    http://web.UVic.CA/shakespeare/Library/SLT/ideas/disorder.html
    Are there any other signs of cosmic disturbance in the play?

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