Richard II


William Shakespeare

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Richard II: Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act three begins with kinglike Henry calling forth Bushy and Green, and then proceeding to deliver a long speech in which he chastises them for misleading the king and aiding Richard in the decision to banish and disinherit him. Henry thus sentences Bushy and Green to death. He then instructs York treat the Richard’s Queen fairly.
In this scene, though Henry has not made an official claim to the throne, he begins using kingly language and demeanor, appearing more and more like a monarch despite maintaining that he is only in England for the title of Lancaster.
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