The Complete Second Part of Henry VI

An Annotated Edition of the Shakespeare Play

by Donald Richardson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 314
ISBN : 9781546210993
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 314
ISBN : 9781546210986
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 314
ISBN : 9781546211006

About the Book

“The role of prophecy is . . . central in 2 Henry VI, in that it gives to the play a dominant pattern of prediction and eventual fulfillment” (Bevington). This pattern isn’t satisfied, however, as a result of King Henry’s lackadaisical style. Throughout the play, it is clear that Henry is ineffectual as a ruler. Not only that, those who represent him are also handicapped. In fact, as Bevington states, “The forces of good do not fare well.” “Henry VI, Part 2 keeps its audience in suspense about the ultimate fate of the king by ending as it does at the beginning of the Wars of the Roses. . . The outcome of these wars will be presented in Henry VI, Part 3” (Mowat, xvii). Resolution will have to wait.

About the Author

Although he has long been eligible to retire, Donald J. Richardson continues to (try to) teach English Composition at Phoenix College in Arizona. He defines his life through his teaching, his singing, his volunteering, and his grandchildren.