Shakespeare’s Richard III
Shakespeare’s Richard III is a history play, it moves beyond history with its representation of a malformed Richard, externally and interally. For this discussion, I want you to look at the opening monologue of Richard and close read the whole passage. Think of the following questions in shaping your response:
1) What is happening, literally?
2) What transition happens?
3) How does Richard’s body operate?
4) What is the overal tone of the opening monologue?
5) Describe Richard’s use of language.
6) What does this opening monologue set up as the operating paradigm for the entire play?