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There are several important issues brought forth in Act III Scene I which Shakespeare must have felt significant enough to include in his historical play First of all the relationship between Hotspur and Glendower must be established Although their first discussion begins with mutual respect and politeness Sit cousin Percy good cousin Hotspur it quickly turns to quarreling over nearly every issue they discuss Whether it is Glendowers belief that his birth had some mystical portent Glend I say the earth did shake when I was born Hot And I say the earth was not of my mind If you suppose as fearing you it shook or the distribution of the land Glend Ill not have it alterd Hot Who shall say me nay the two seem quick to be at odds with one another This conflict indicates a possible future tragic event to transpire between the two Secondly the issue of the division of land is important to show their frame of mind in this plot that they are like buzzards circling over an animal even before it has died Finally the manner in which Glendower is guiding the relationship between Mortimer and his daughter seems significant as the two cannot communicate but through Glendower It is apparent to me that the events illustrated in the previous paragraph were intended to set the stage for events to be played out some time in the near future The manner in which Shakespeare presented these events was obviously designed not only to stimulate emotional feelings within the audience but also to entertain them That there will be a conflict between Glendower and Hotspur seems inevitable When it will happen seems to be the only question that is left following this scene In this manner Shakespeare has used this conflict to evoke a feeling of suspense or foreboding from his audience The manner in which Hotspur mocks Glendowers ravings and boastful claims of cosmic
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