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King Richard II Analysis

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Richard II was written by William Shakespeare in 1595 and was performed as a play, which is a young king by the name of Richard II (Hacht, 2007). King Richard II, ruler of England, but has not done so well as King, which at the end, his crown will be taken away and given to his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke due to him abusing his power and not taking advice very well from his advisers, family, or his close friends. Henry’s father, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, who was is also King Richard II’s uncle, before dying, speaks about his nephew leadership and describes England in a way of a garden, that is not been well taken care of and is dying due to the poor leadership of King Richard II. John of Gaunt, a man that believes God alone is more powerful than any King is, shows his loyalty to his country right before his death.
While being King is not an easy job, John of Gaunt sees how his nephew’s leadership is not what it should be and describes what appears to be King Richard destroying the land, which Gaunt described it, has England, the unweeded garden (Bethel, 2017). Gaunt is now very ill and before he dies wants to let everyone know what he thinks of King Richard and want he sees under the leadership of his King Richard. In Act 2 Scene 1, Lines 42-44, Gaunt states, “This other Eden, demi-paradise, this fortress built by Nature for herself, against infection and the hand of war” (p.341). This part of the play I felt like he was saying that due to poor leadership from the
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