Shakespeare’s Richard III Made Easy
This website has been designed to help students develop an understanding of some of the complexities of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Students will find the information, guidelines and questions useful for reviewing their reading of the play as well as revising their study of the play from what has been covered in class.
The website provides a detailed commentary covering all the key areas students need to know about plot, characters, themes and language. These commentaries could also serve as a springboard for further class discussion or consolidation of ideas covered in class. In addition, these commentaries provide ample scope for independent research by extending ideas through wider reading on critical commentaries on Richard III. For convenience, the term “test” has been used to cover course-related tasks, school-based assessment tasks, and exams.
This section looks at some of the key background and historical contexts of the play.
The scene-by-scene commentary provides a plot analysis explaining clearly what happens, when it happens – and why. Analysis is deepened with colour-coded references to themes which are examined in greater detail in Themes.
This section looks at analysing the behaviour and motives of each of the main characters. There are quotations and evidence to back up the ideas.
This section looks at some of the key themes expanding upon the colour-coded analysis in Plot.
This section examines key aspects of Shakespeare’s use of language in Richard III, looking at what is said, how it is said and the effect this has on the audience.
Here students will find the kind of essay questions they can expect for school-based assessment tasks and on the examination paper.
The links page offers useful on-line resources that range from historical background material on Richard III to study guides.