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Richard III Act 5 Discussion Questions 1 What differences do you see between the camps of Richard and Richmond What do they suggest about the right order of leadership The play vividly dramatizes the contrast between Richards character and Richmonds character shifting its perspective back and forth between them numerous times The leaders in their respective camps make almost identical preparations as they ready for the next days battle but the difference between them can be seen in the way they go about their business Richard speaks abruptly to his lords and as we can see essentially is isolated from all human contact He is in power but he is alone his brothers nephews and even his own wife are all dead at his hand his mother has cursed and abandoned him and even the person who was once his closest friendBuckinghamhas been sent to execution Richmond on the other hand is gracious and friendly to both his noblemen and his soldiers The battle speeches of the two leaders clearly show their different styles Richmond asks his men to remember the beauty of the land that they are protecting from a tyrant and the wives and children whom they will be making free He reminds his men that he himself will die in battle if he cannot win and that if he does succeed all his soldiers will be rewarded In contrast Richard simply mocks the enemy soldiers calling them a scum of Bretons and base lackey peasants Vvi47 As Richard says to his noblemen before his speech he believes that might makes right and that conscience is but a word that cowards use Devised at first to keep the strong in awe Vvi3940 Very much Richards opposite Richmond claims to fight for honour compassion and loyaltyin effect he fights on the side of conscience 2 What is the impact of the visits of the ghosts to Richard and
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