The Tragedy of King Richard II

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In Richard II, we meet one of several prophetic speeches in the play, In Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 31-68 on pages 340-41, there is a highly significant speech by John of Gaunt about England as a location, which he describes as a garden.

Write a two-page (5 paragraph) essay that analyzes and comments on Gaunt’s description of England as a garden AND that discusses at least 2 other passages in the play that specifically relate to the concept of gardens and nature. Finally, conclude your paper with a discussion of what Shakespeare is trying to convey through his use of imagery.

Suggested Organizational Structure of the Essay

Include an introductory paragraph that introduces the play (in a 2-3 sentences). Provide background and context for Gaunt’s speech in Act 2, Scene 2. Write a strong, clear thesis (last sentence of the introduction paragraph) that relates to the prompt (John of Gaunt describing England as a garden, the concept of gardens throughout the play, and Shakespeare’s use of imagery).

Body Paragraphs-

1 well-developed paragraph – analyzing this particular speech and John of Gaunt’s description of England as a garden. Incorporate direct quotes/lines from the play to support your point (with parenthetical in-text citations that include the act, the scene, and the line numbers).

2 well-developed paragraphs that relate this speech to AT LEAST TWO other passages (one per paragraph) in the play that relate to gardens or use vivid imagery related to nature. Incorporate direct quotes/lines from the play to support your point (with parenthetical in-text citations that include the act, the scene, and the line numbers).

Conclusion paragraph – should summarize what was said in the paper and should restate your thesis statement (your own ideas in your own words) about Shakespeare’s use of imagery. In your mind, what is he trying to convey to the reader by using this type of imagery throughout the play? How does it affect you as a reader? Incorporate direct quotes/lines from the play to support your ideas (with parenthetical in-text citations that include the act, the scene, and the line numbers).

REQUIREMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION: The paper should be 5 paragraphs (two-pages), double-spaced, one inch margins on all four sides of the page. It should include a heading with the student’s name, date, and unit on the top right corner of each page. The title should be centered on the first page. Double-space the document, use 12-point Times Roman font, and indent all paragraphs.

To provide support from the play, be sure to cite lines from the play as direct quotes (include in-text citations with Act, Scene, and Line). Include a Reference page with the play listed as a part of the textbook. The paper should be written in the third person point of view (avoid the use of the first and second person in all formal writing assignments for this course).

REMINDER: Do NOT cite outside websites or sources- this is a REFELCTION paper and should be written in your own words. Be sure to make reference to particular scenes and cite particular lines from the play. When you do so (even if you are only referring to our textbook), you must cite them using APA in-text citations and a reference page at the end.

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