Richard II : From Ceremony to Farce. What happens to Richard in the radically changing universe of the play where old Chain of Being values no longer apply?. Richard’s literal, physical descent after Bolingbroke’s speech: 3.3.61-70, p. 64, to 3.3.177-182, pp. 67-68.
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The overhanging canopy was called the “heavens” and the stage represented “the earth.”What did the yard or pit stand for where the groundlings stood?
Could someone come up and write out on the board a possible translation of the first words of this line?
A) extremely sympathetic
B) very sympathetic
C) moderately sympathetic
D) not very sympathetic
E) not at all sympathetic
What is the significance that in Gaunt’s long death-bed invocation of the old Chain of Being order, he finally introduces the verb to his sentence at l. 59: "Is now leas'd out“?
4.1.1-90 (pp. 74-78) clearly evokes the gage scene that opens the play.
But it is left out of the BBC production.
Let’s enact it: we need 8 volunteers, using books for gages. Aumerle, Fitzwater, and Surrey need two books/gages.
Bolingbroke’s comment about this “show”:
Our scene is alt’red from a serious thing,
And now changed to “the Beggar and the King”