How is the theme of love
Act 1 Scene 2?
The theme of love is first presented when Anne speaks of her dead
husband. She uses the adjectives, ‘gentle’, ‘mild’ and ‘virtuous’ to describe
him. This shows the audience the depth of her love for him and reminds
them of how different he was to the villain Richard whom she is speaking
The theme of love is presented by Richard in a coarse and sexual way. He
gives Anne a very unexpected reply, using a short sentence of, ‘Your
bedchamber.’ This shows the audience that Richard …. (Explain what
Richard thinks about love and how it is different from Anne’s view)
For Anne, love is passionate, spending time with your dear one, whereas for
Richard it means Sex and that’s it.
Richard speaks in the language of love to Anne. He appears to be really in
love with her. He uses the metaphor, ‘Thine eyes, sweet lady, have
infected mine.’ This shows the audience that … (Now explain Richard means
by this and what it shows about his feelings for Anne)
This contradicts what he said earlier about the bedchamber, now he loves her
passionately and want to spend his life with her.
Richard says that he loves Anne so much that she has made him cry for the
first time. He says… (Find the evidence that matches this point and explain
what the audience think when they hear Richard saying this.)
“Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping” They think that he is not
that bad after all and not that stoned hearted cruel monster that kills for
Richard is very confident that he can make Anne love him. He gives her his
sword, (Find the evidence that matches this point and explain what the
audience think when they hear Richard saying this.)
“I’ll have her, but I will not keep her long.”
Richard is deeply in love and determined to get her as his beloved.
Nirvan Moloye 5/20/2009