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Author: William Shakespeare

Genre: Drama / Historical Play

Review: Lis T.

Keep time! How sour sweet music is when time is broke and no proportion kept! So is it in the music of men´s lives. I wasted time and now doth time waste me.

William Shakespeare, Richard II.

Richard II is one of my favorite plays by Shakespeare, is historical and poetic. Richard’s description is exquisite and eloquent, very real, the life of a natural-born king who grew up with the duties of leading a nation, which involve him in numerous situations that Shakespeare actually makes us ask about human nature and the consequences of our actions.

Firstly the play focuses on the fight of two nobles, Henry Bolingbroke (the Duke of Hereford) and Thomas Mowbray (the Duke of Norfolk). After a series of accusations between both, the king must decide who is the traitor, of course, Shakespire explores the nature and obligations of political power, and makes the decision to exile Henry Bolingbroke.

Finally the rest of the play focuses on the dispute over the lands that Richard has taken from the dead uncle who was the father of Bolingbroke, who takes advantage of the king’s absence to invade their lands, so Richard loses control over his country.

A series of unfortunate events for Richard continue happening and he ends up being a prisoner of his cousin, who takes him prisoner in Wales and brings him back to London, where Bolingbroke is crowned King Henry IV.

All the best,

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