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Richard III Teaching Unit
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- How is imagery, including metaphor, symbol, and simile, used to foreshadow Richard’s downfall in his conversations with Queen Margaret?
- Why do you think England has never had a King Richard IV? Explain.
- Explain the decrease in Richard’s patience over the course of the play, with regard to the way he treats his subordinates and greets news, both good and bad.
- Discuss the use of nature and animals as symbols for characters, including the sun, the boar, and the hell-hound.
- What is Richard’s attitude towards women, especially Lady Anne, Queen Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, and the Duchess of York? What do you think is the source of this attitude?
- How are the concepts of providence and divine sovereignty incorporated into the plot and outcome of this play?
- In what ways does Shakespeare insinuate the intellectual and ethical inferiority of the noble class?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.