Anointed King

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Within Shakespeare’s play Richard II there are many questionable and untrusting characters. Truth and duty are only illusions within the play. Lust for power and control override the order of England and its ordained king. It’s believed that it is by the will of God that Richard is king. No mortal man can come between what God has set before them as rule. The final decision is God’s and the only way …

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…to impose authority, but also it uses an unseen threat that holds societies’ beliefs sacred and untouchable. This is how Richard depends upon rule within England. Without this threat Richard is easily discarded. Overthrowing Richard is a risk that Bolingbroke takes, and he can only hope that God will see that Richard has taken advantage of his people and God himself. It is a risk that must be taken in order to restore the “garden”.