The Colorful Language of Shakespeare’s King Richard II A great portion of Gaunt’s dialogue throughout the play makes strong reference to God. For instance, his philosophical, holy dialect in the play is first evident in the conversation between the Duchess of Gloucester as her emotions are heightened in regard to her husband’s death (Bevington, 2014). Gaunt then speaks more in-depth about Richard’s incompetent ways of ruling in a conversation with York, and he describes Richards leadership in England by utilizing a colorful analogy of a garden and the ways of nature. The conversation between Gaunt and York along with the biblical imagery that Gaunt conveys throughout the play has brilliant meaning to it beyond what is palpable on the surface.
The color gold is interesting from a heraldry interpretation because yellow and gold fall under the same classification of ‘Or,’ meaning “generosity and elevation of the mind” (Fleur-de-lis Designs, screen1). This becomes pertinent later in the tale when Gareth’s chameleon-like escapades in color finally settle: “before he was in many colours, and now he is but in one colour, and that is yellow” (Malory 163). Not only is this an early hint of his final outcome, but it also weaves itself through his character and actions. As his mother describes him, “ever sithen he was grown he was marvelously witted” (Malory 157), directly referring to his secrets within the Arthurian Court. Here not only is Gareth being tested by the world, but he is also testing the world around him to his own standards.
In Oedipus Rex specifically, the chorus goes from explaining what is going on in the play, to criticizing the characters and their choices. In the beginning of the play, the chorus defines the situation Thebes’ is going through. “The plague burns on it, it is pitiless, though pallid children laden with death lie unwept in the stony ways.” (Sophocles 11) This claim, clearly presents the bad things happening in Thebes, since the plague has made living conditions horrible, killing the people and cattle. Consequently, after everything has been clarified, the chorus criticizes how Jocasta handles and makes tough decisions. “How could that queen whom Laius won, the garden that he harrowed at his height be silent when that act was done?” (Sophocles 66) The chorus finds many faults in the way Jocasta handled the situation, even though she thinks she was protecting King Laius and herself, she did it incorrectly, by killing her only son.
The gold on his chest represents the treasure and success, he also mentions fate when he speaks, and his loyalty to King Hrothgar promising that he will defeat Grendel with his warriors. However, the poem is written first person point of view and is a lyrical
Nevertheless, in one of William Shakespeare’s acclaimed plays about this monarch’s life, Henry V, Shakespeare depicted Henry as far from an ideal king, even though he may have displayed certain admirable qualities at times. Shakespeare showed Henry V to be a flawed king, as demonstrated by his motives, aggression, and lies. First, Shakespeare displayed Henry V’s flawed character through his mixed, conflicting motives of self-abandon for God’s sake and self-glorification for his own. Throughout the play, we find hints that a desire to do God’s will motivated Henry V. Before declaring war against France, he sought the approval of God by way of the established English ecclesiastical authority, and even when he believed he was justified in his claim to rule France, he understood his duty to his Lord, saying, “For we have now no thought in us but France, / Save those to God, that run before our business” (1.2.315-316). Moreover, during the battle of Agincourt, he trusted God for his victory, and when the French herald Montjoy reported the victory of the English to the
It is important to note that Seneca and Shakespeare’s plots were not original. For example, in Richard III, Shakespeare took influence from Seneca but also Thomas Moore, who depicted Richard as a hostile character (Bate, 2007, p. 1299). With the theme in mind, the characters of Thyestes and Atreus as well as Richard III are manipulating,
The scene in which King Henry IV confronts Prince Hal is a pivotal moment in their relationship’s development throughout the William Shakespeare’s account of the rebellions against the King’s rule in the play Henry IV Part I. Act 3 Scene 2 offers an insight into the ruling ideologies of Henry and his heir apparent Hal, as rulers, while each character considers the upcoming battle and attempt to determine what makes worthy ruler. Henry expresses unresolved anxiety about how he came into his throne, and his uncertainties about Hal, his successor, while Hal is desperate to recover his father’s trust in him. My group decided to include this scene in our performance because it embodied the evolution of the father-son relationships within the play. Tanya, Gillian and I focused our performance on the dynamics of Henry and Hal’s relationship, and how their relationship informed our understanding of their characters.
The Chorus connects the play to other myths and Sophocles uses the Chorus to expound upon the plays central themes such as morality, women, power, fate and free will etc. One such incidence we see in the play is towards the beginning when the Chorus describes the situation at Thebes and talks about the fate that killed the brothers. “And the common fate that slew them” This is seen when the Chorus says “Daughter of (Edipus ! Hapless child, of a hapless father! ” Here they bring out the character of Antigone by comparing her to her father by calling her passionate and wild and her actions to be a reflection to that of her
Irony is often thought of as entertaining, but it also serves a different purpose. In the play of Sophocles titled Oedipus the King, irony is present in every scene, if not every line. When the protagonist runs away to avoid killing his father and marrying his mother, only to kill his father on the road and go on to marry his mother, it can only be ironic. He is a brave and smart man. He killed four men by himself and outsmarted a Sphinx, and became the great king of the city he rescued from her claws.