Imagery Of Gardens In The Tragedy Of King Richard II Analysis
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Imagery of Gardens in The Tragedy of King Richard II
The Tragedy of King Richard II is one of Shakespeare’s plays which talks about leadership, particularly the causes of success and failure. In the play, Shakespeare gives an account where a leader rose to the position of a king thinking that it is God who has anointed him (Bevington, 2014). However, unlike the most likely expectation, this king, Richard II, engages in practices and a leadership style that ends up bringing more suffering to the people rather than helping them overcome the various challenges they faced. Throughout the play, Shakespeare traces how King Richard II rose to power, his style of leadership, and how this style ultimately leads to his failure (Bevington, 2014). To help the audience learn more about the leadership of England and its shortcomings during the reign of King Richard II, Shakespeare employs various styles, among them vivid imagery. This essay examines the use and importance of imagery of gardens used in the play.
To begin with, Shakespeare uses the imagery of a garden to analogize the biblical Garden of Eden, describing the beauty of England. As we see from the speech of John of Gaunt, England was supposed to be a land that everybody dreamt of living in, but the reality is different because of poor leadership as that of King Richard II.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptered isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,