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The Identity Crisis of Richard II I have no name no titleAnd know not now what to call myself Richard 41 245-249 My lord my answer is to Lancaster and I am come to seek that name in England And I must find that title in your tongue before I make reply to aught you say Bolingbroke 23 70-73 Who is who Who is what That seems to be the major theme in this play Who is in the right and who is in the wrong Who is the protagonist Who is the antagonist Which title belongs to whom And who deserves that title I submit this play be retitled The Identity Crisis for that is what it seems that each of the characters is going through Possibly a more accurate in depth way of poising these same questions is what makes a man a man This is a play of self-discovery and the induction into manhood In the beginning we are presented with two foes and a question of divine authority VS just action King Richard II is a boy king- anointed by divine right but none the less a boy He neither has the gall to admit his murderous actions- where he could use his power as king to justify his act- nor the heart to send his scapegoat to death Bolingbroke while an adult is not yet a man either He has not the courage to stand-up against divine authority for what he believes is right thus his fear keeps him still a child under his fathers care All the rest of the characters are lemmings merely following blindly after either the call of authority or the power of a title All hiding behind a patriotic call to duty or a loyal stand for their heritage when in fact the only thing any of them stand for is the usurption of power for themselves I believe Shakespeare uses all these characters as
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