Riccardo II è il dramma della caduta di un re: un re che non domina ma subisce gli eventi, inetto al governo di un grande regno, del tutto privo di senso politico e abilità strategica; un monarca sordo alle istanze dei saggi consiglieri e succube di adulatori corrotti; un personaggio volubile, fantasioso, emotivo, i cui talenti sono quelli di un artista mancato; un uomo lacerato da un insanabile dissidio fra la propria realtà di individuo e il ruolo in cui la sorte l’ha imprigionato: quello di re per diritto divino. Nello scontro col suo antagonista, Henry Bolingbroke, l’«uomo forte», una sorta di principe machiavellico, duro, realista e senza illusioni, capace di cogliere al volo la fortuna e di farsela alleata, Riccardo è destinato a soccombere. La ragion di stato esige l’abdicazione e la morte del sovrano: l’unto del Signore si spoglia di ogni attributo regale, rinuncia alla sacralità della corona e, novello Cristo, affronta in solitudine il suo calvario.
- ISBN: 8811365562
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 288
Tragedy of King Richard II , William Shakespeare King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scho Leggi tutto
For the first time, Shakespeare creates a compelling historical protagonist who speaks naturally in a poetic voice that is distinctively his own. In his earlier works involving kings and emperors, Shakespeare imitated Marlowe's "mighty line" with some--if not complete--success (Richard III was inher Leggi tutto
Richard II (Wars of the Roses #1), William Shakespeare, Roma Gill (Editor) King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetra-log Leggi tutto
Reading William Shakespeare makes me feel good about what can be accomplished in language! Richard II is fantastic! I’d read Henry IV (both parts) multiple times without realizing that Richard II is considered the first play in the War of the Roses series. Not only does Richard II provide a seamless Leggi tutto
I’ve read this four times now, and I’ve seen three different versions of it too, yet one thing remains certain throughout, this can be interpreted in so many different ways. Shakespeare’s wonderful like that; he’ll write a line or a piece of verse that can be taken in so many ways, ultimately, chang Leggi tutto
Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Richard II , a tragedy or historical account written in 1595 by William Shakespeare . Richard II is the first of a series written about the War of the Roses, a famous tug-of-war over England's throne just prior to Shakespeare's time. This is the most fascinat
I'm on a history kick, so what better way to supplement the immersion into The War Of The Roses than to dive into Shakespeare? Richard II begins the weakness of kings, where if one could be deposed, yet more can follow. Divine right be damned... should we just rely on might? It's kind of funny, readin Leggi tutto
What is power? What does it mean to be a king? What is history about? These are essential questions that Shakespeare tackled again and again through his “Histories” and many of his tragedies, from Julius Caesar to Macbeth and from Coriolanus to Lear . Richard II is no exception and presents yet anoth Leggi tutto
Richard II by William Shakespeare is an unexpected treat. I have read reviews that say this is a literary precursor to Hamlet and King Lear and I can see it, also semblances of Macbeth . The language is beautifully lyric, with strong speeches and excellent scenes, too many to list here. Gaunt’s Engla Leggi tutto
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” -- William Shakespeare, Richard II 'Richard II' is a gem. It will never be my favorite, but it is fascinating and finely finished. In many ways it is William Shakespeare meets Machiavelli. Shakespeare wrote eight historical "War of the Roses" plays. They w Leggi tutto
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