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Close Analysis Of Richard 3rd's Attitude Towards Women

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Introduction

Page 1 of 3 Richard is portrayed in many different styles through-out the play; from charming and cheeky to manipulative and arrogant. He obviously has a clear set judgement on women, which to the audience is perhaps more apparent than to the characters in the play. He has a down cast view on them, and thinks the same of who continue to be intrigued by them, therefore mimics them. We can see this in Richards opening speech of the play. In Richards opening speech he is addressing the audience directly, which was good on Shakespeare's behalf, as it then gives the audience the feel that they are involved from the very beginning. In his opening speech, Richard states ''...To strut before a wanton-ambling nymph,'', referring to men trying to impress women. It shows he see's women as flirtatious, loose, easy even. It shows Richard had not yet any respect for women, why we do not quite know; but it sounds as if he feels they are game playing and men who fall for the game's he frowns upon. ...read more.

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In this speech, he shows confidence. He knows he is able to manipulate Anne and feels proud of what he knows he can accomplish. This is shown when he predicts the outcome from saying ''For then I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter .. What though I killed her husband and her father? '' He in a way makes it out to be a joke. As he can see how ridiculous the outcome he predicted may seem, for why would Anne want to marry Richard after what he has done to her family. Richard knows this and is proud to know he has this power of manipulation. He also shows his confidence in manipulation when saying '' The readiest way to make wench amends '' , meaning for himself rather than her, this shows a type of irony. Richard tells the audience how he wants to be in power; and he feels this power in knowing he can influence other people's decisions and actions, in order to help himself. He wants to be seen as Anne's father figure as well as her husband, as it is known how fathers in ...read more.

Conclusion

have no sense of power in such an event. Therefore Richard 'punishes' them through what he may see as his gift of manipulation. I think the way in which Shakespeare has portrayed Richard to the audience in this play is very clever. As it leaves the play with a constant air of suspense. Of course I do not agree with how Richards view and attitude towards women is portrayed, I find it appalling, but I do believe it gives the play an extra feeling of suspense as it does truly entice the audience. What really stands out as good to me is how Richards's speeches are shared in confidence with the audience. It allows him to show more emotions and therefore the audience know that whatever act he may put on to others, his true colours are dark, and he is really a very snide and bitter person. This also shows what a brilliant play act Richard is portrayed as. His private speeches give the audience a feel as if they where actually involved in the play. Like they've been let in on a secret, just not all of it, so they need to wait through the play to discover what Richards's true plans are. ...read more.

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