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Richard's wordiness and theatricality in this scene contrast notably with Bolingbroke's quiet stoicism. As Richard's ability to affect the course of events is reduced, he gets more poetic; nowhere is the contrast between Bolingbroke, the man of action, and Richard, the ineffectual man of words, more obvious than it is here.
I've recently read Richard II for my University course, here are my thoughts!
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I just finished King Richard II as part of goal to read all of Shakespeare by his 450th birthday.
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I've recently seen an RSC production of Richard II and noticed that instead of being killed by Lord Exton Richard was instead killed by Rutland. Can anyone think of explanation for this? I was thinking that the actor playing Exton may have been incapable of playing the part on that night so the actor playing Rutland took over, but there was a clear recognition between the two after the murder so surely another actor would have played the part if this was the case?
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