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Crocker 92600 VIEW OF RICHARD II The opening of the play attempts to show us that Richard II is a peaceful king as he tries to lead Bolingbroke and Mowbray away from their hostilities toward each other But there is a self-serving reason for Richards wanting peace between these two If he allowed these two to continue their quarrel and fight to the death either his part in the murder would be revealed by Gaunt or he would be indebted to Mowbray even more so than he is By exiling them both he has rid himself of both problems The next self-serving response we see from Richard is when he learns of Gaunts illness and probable demise in 14 59-64 Now put it God in physician mind To help him to his grave immediately The linings of his coffers shall make coats To deck our soldiers for these Irish wars Pray God we may come too late Because Richard has bankrupt the country he wishes for Gaunts death so he can take all of Gaunts assets which rightfully belong to Bolingbroke and sell them to pay for the upcoming wars I believe these two instances show how Richard is cruel and heartless and believes he can do whatever he pleases Richard changes as the play proceeds he becomes passive and less devious Bolingbrokes usurpation of the throne is much too easy Richard accepts what is happening to him as fate Gods just punishment for the wrongs Richard has committed He hands over the crown without fight Now mark me how I will undo myself 11 203 Through some sort of inner revelation Richard has concluded his time as king is over Our first view of Richard as a self-indulgent and avarious king who rules only for his own reward changes as we move through to the end of the play We wind up viewing Richard with at least partial sympathy
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