History Theatre / KingJohn

9th Jan '16 11:50:38 AM StFan
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* TheOphelia: Subverted. Similar to Ophelia (but preceding her, as ''{{Theater/Hamlet}}'' wouldn't be written yet for another year or two), Constance suffers the loss of her family, in this case, her little son, Arthur, and everyone around her says she is mad. But Constance herself sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does.

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* TheOphelia: Subverted. Similar to Ophelia (but preceding her, as ''{{Theater/Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' wouldn't be written yet for another year or two), Constance suffers the loss of her family, in this case, her little son, Arthur, and everyone around her says she is mad. But Constance herself sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does.
18th Nov '15 7:50:08 PM PaulA
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* TwiceToldTale: TropeNamer:
-->''Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale\\
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.''
** In another way, ''The Life and Death of King John'' tracks very closely to a play that is believed to have been published slightly earlier: ''The Troublesome Reign of King John''. Shakespeare appears to have set out to write a much-improved version of that play, in which he succeeded by making John an [[AntiHero anti-hero]], removing the comfortable moral framework of the precursor, and removing a romantic subplot.

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* TwiceToldTale: TropeNamer:
-->''Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale\\
Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.''
** In another way,
''The Life and Death of King John'' tracks very closely to a play that is believed to have been published slightly earlier: ''The Troublesome Reign of King John''. Shakespeare appears to have set out to write a much-improved version of that play, in which he succeeded by making John an [[AntiHero anti-hero]], removing the comfortable moral framework of the precursor, and removing a romantic subplot.
30th Oct '15 2:48:19 PM WarriorsGate
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* PopculturalOsmosis: The phrase "gild the lily" -- a misquote of a line from this play -- is far, far, ''far'' more popular than the play itself, which today is one of Shakespeare's most obscure.
7th Dec '14 3:15:40 PM Patachou
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A play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, thought to have been created somewhere between 1596 and 1598. It follows the life of King John, in his war against his rival, Phillip II of France, to his eventual death at the hands of a treacherous monk.

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A play by Creator/WilliamShakespeare, thought to have been created somewhere between 1596 and 1598. It follows the life of King John, UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland, in his war against his rival, Phillip II of France, to his eventual death at the hands of a treacherous monk.



* DecoyProtagonist: The real hero is RichardTheLionheart's bastard Falconbridge.

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* DecoyProtagonist: The real hero is RichardTheLionheart's UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart's bastard Falconbridge.
14th Apr '14 9:37:50 PM vifetoile
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* TheOphelia: Subverted. Similar to Ophelia (but preceding her, as ''{{Theater/Hamlet}}'' wouldn't be written yet for another year or two), Constance suffers the loss of her family, in this case, her little soon, and everyone around her says she is mad. But Constance herself sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does.

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* TheOphelia: Subverted. Similar to Ophelia (but preceding her, as ''{{Theater/Hamlet}}'' wouldn't be written yet for another year or two), Constance suffers the loss of her family, in this case, her little soon, son, Arthur, and everyone around her says she is mad. But Constance herself sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does.
6th Apr '14 4:52:58 PM vifetoile
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* TheOphelia: Subverted. Similar to Ophelia (but preceding her, as ''{{Theater/Hamlet}}'' wouldn't be written yet for another year or two), Constance suffers the loss of her family, in this case, her little soon, and everyone around her says she is mad. But Constance herself sharply rebukes that she is still completely sane, that if she was mad, she wouldn't feel each grief as keenly as she does.
7th Nov '13 6:28:28 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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-->In another way, ''The Life and Death of King John'' tracks very closely to a play that is believed to have been published slightly earlier: ''The Troublesome Reign of King John''. Shakespeare appears to have set out to write a much-improved version of that play, in which he succeeded by making John an [[AntiHero anti-hero]], removing the comfortable moral framework of the precursor, and removing a romantic subplot.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Philip "The Bastard" Faulconbridge is identified as a probable biological heir to King Richerd Lionheart, before he even begins to describe how Richard is probably his father.

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-->In **In another way, ''The Life and Death of King John'' tracks very closely to a play that is believed to have been published slightly earlier: ''The Troublesome Reign of King John''. Shakespeare appears to have set out to write a much-improved version of that play, in which he succeeded by making John an [[AntiHero anti-hero]], removing the comfortable moral framework of the precursor, and removing a romantic subplot.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Philip "The Bastard" Faulconbridge is identified as a probable biological heir to King Richerd Richard Lionheart, before he even begins to describe how Richard is probably his father.
16th Jul '13 7:03:48 PM TameMango
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* DecoyProtagonist - The real hero is RichardTheLionheart's bastard Falconbridge.

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* DecoyProtagonist - DecoyProtagonist: The real hero is RichardTheLionheart's bastard Falconbridge.Falconbridge.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Constance]] is implied to have committed suicide offstage. Whether or not [[spoiler:Arthur's]] death was also deliberate on his part is left ambiguous.
16th Jul '13 6:45:05 PM TameMango
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Act 3, Phillip is never seen or referenced again.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade - John gets a very slight one as he is presented as England's champion against the Catholic church's meddling.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade - HistoricalHeroUpgrade: John gets a very slight one as he is presented as England's champion against the Catholic church's meddling.meddling.
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Arthur's]] death definitely qualifies.
25th Mar '13 3:05:36 PM Ghost101
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