The Tragedy of King Richard II Essay

In Richard II, we meet one of several prophetic speeches in the play, In Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 31-68 on pages 340-41, we have a highly significant speech by John of Gaunt about England as a location, described as a garden.


Write a two-page (5 paragraph) essay which analyzes and comments on Gaunt’s description of England as a garden AND which discusses at least 2 other passages in the play that specifically relate to the concept of gardens and nature. Finally, conclude your paper with a discussion of what Shakespeare is trying to convey through his use of imagery.


The paper should be 5 paragraphs (two-pages), double-spaced, one inch margins on all four sides of the page. It should include a heading with student’s name, date, and unit on the top left of first page and a centered title. It should be typed in Times Roman, 12 point font, and all paragraphs should be indented.

In order to provide support from the play, be sure to cite lines from the play as direct quotes (include in-text citations with Act, Scene, and Line). Include a Reference page with the textbook (ATTACHED) listed as your source. The paper should be written in the third person point of view.

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