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  1. How far would you say Shakespeare creates sympathy in the minds of the audience for Richard's victims?

    This could be viewed as a form of a social comment, which Shakespeare often used in his plays. A Tudor audience was more likely to have accepted that Richard had a vile character as Tudor history had probably depicted him in this way and it was the audience's ancestors who would have encountered Richard of Gloucester in real life, only a few generations previously. Moreover, a Tudor audience's view on characters may be more affected by the generally stronger belief in God, and the belief that the most 'powerful' candidate should be king, rather than there being a divine right

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  2. Examine The Character Of Richard The Third As Shakespeare Presents Him To Us, And The Ways In Which The Play May Reflect A Distinctively Tudor View Of History.

    I will deliver you or else lie for you. Meantime, have patience.' However these loyal, loving words from brother to brother simply mask Richards's attempt to divert any future blame away from himself, as his intentions are for Clarence to remain imprisoned and eventually have him murdered. Furthermore, Richard utilizes his skills of manipulation when arranging Clarence's murder in Act 1 Scene 4, feeding compliments to the murderers to ensure they execute his plans appropriately 'Your eyes drop millstones when fools' eyes fall tears. I like you, lads.' He makes them feel worthy and important, although in his mind they will become worthless to him after their job is carried out.

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  3. Richard III's Character in the Play and History

    Richard then continues his trail of insolence by ignoring Anne's comment and threatening the coffin bearers with death if they defy him, "I'll make a corpse of him that disobeys." This once again shows his impatience and severity. It also gives the audience reason to believe that he was the cause of the monarch's death. As a man approaches Richard and asks politely if he could stand aside, Richard immediately returns with a barrage of insults, "Villains...unmannered dog...beggar." Although Shakespeare presents Richard as an intelligent man throughout the play, Richard uses insults to make him feel superior; he uses this technique again at the final part of the play.

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  4. How does Shakespeare reveal Richard III's characteristics and skills to be both repulsive and somehow impressive the first Act of the play?

    The adjective "lascivious", in particular shows he is very lustful and hung up on sex. In the next quote, "I that am not shaped for sportive tricks/ Nor made to court an amorous looking glass" Shakespeare uses the powerful metaphor "Not shaped for sportive trick" to show he is not physically shaped to have sex. Richard is clearly very self conscious and pities himself for not being as sexually active as other men. Richard, having been born premature felt he was born before was complete, illustrated in the tricolon, "Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time/ Into this breathing would scarce half made up" which shows us Richard's sense of inferiority, and how he does not feel like a real man.

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  5. King Richard the Third

    I must be held a rancorous enemy.' 2 Richard's frequent use of his acting skills also enables him to convince many people many times throughout the play that he is something that he is not. For example, Richard and Buckingham play-act in front of the Mayor in an attempt to frighten him into thinking that an attack is imminent on the Tower of London, 'Lord Mayor - Look to the drawbridge there! Hark, a drum! Catesby, o'erlook the walls! Lord Mayor, the reason we have sent - Look back, defend thee, here are enemies!'

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  6. How does Shakespeare shape the audience's perception of Richard in Act One scene one and two of the play?

    It is an example of one of Shakespeare's play on words, and is also a metaphor. We, as the audience, receive details during Richard's soliloquy including that of "the war" having ended, and it is the Yorks that have won. In lines five and six, Richard says: 'Now our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;' (line 5 - 6) Line six is also another example of one of Shakespeare's metaphors. Richard is effectively saying that the weapons are now battered and rusty like bruised arms.

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  7. Is Richard III a hero or a villain

    was fought between the houses of Lancaster (red rose), & York (white rose). By the end of the play, the crown belongs to Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, who is linked to Lancaster. It is often thought that Tudor monarchs encouraged a particular view of history which claimed they were the rightful monarchs. Therefore, if Richard were to be portrayed as a villain, the hero of the story would surely be Richmond, with him as the main character defeating Richard in the finale. However, he is not the main character, and plays a backseat role in the story.

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  8. Discuss how the climatic scenes from Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow make use of similar cinematography in order to communicate the gothic nature of the narrative

    The images are brief, this helps speed up the action and to create tension in the audience. There is tension because the audience do not know if Ichabod or the Horseman will get to the windmill and essentially Katrina first, because the Horseman is only after Katrina. However the Horseman is prepared to kill anyone who gets in his way. It also informs the audience of the various narrative strands, linking them together for the climax of the film. Montage editing is used in a similar way for Edward Scissorhands.

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  9. Throughout this play by William Shakespeare, Richard III has been portrayed to have several faades. He has a charming, witty, intelligent, manipulative, confident and charismatic personality

    He refers to himself as deformed, as he was born premature: "Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time" Richard believes he is an outcast from society and also believes that other people can do things that he cannot: "But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks" By this he is referring to his inadequate physical appearance and body. He does not help his own self-esteem, however he does put himself down as he thinks negatively. This dives him to become a villain.

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  10. The aim of these piece was to show the theme of survival. In fact, our work only included one scene, but we have shown the inner side of a human being kept in captivity for such a long time. In this case we talk about Adam an American man

    In the scene we see him troubled by the fear of death. He's becoming very pessimistic about his future, he's now realizing that the Arabs want to kill him. A reason of that is because Adam is American, and they are seen as "war prices" if captured. In the seen we can see that he's very troubled and becoming mad. We represent his inner mind by adding in the scene another Adam, who is suppose to show how he was before becoming mad. I think that the two Adam are really different, obviously, as they show the two different part of a man such as Adam.

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  11. Exploration of the techniques used to foreshadow death in Richard III Shakespeare's tragedy of Richard III is a play where death is one of the central themes

    Clarence's dream in this scene is one of the more evident techniques Shakespeare uses to foreshadow death. Clarence interprets his death as being an accident, however, as the audience is very much aware of Richard's true character, it becomes evident that it was not an accident at all. 'What sights of ugly death within mine eyes; 1.4.23-24'. Shakespeare makes very obvious references to Clarence's death in this dream, as well as using very morbid imagery, particularly of the sea, which strongly connotes the idea of drowning within the context of the dream. In addition throughout Clarence's retelling of the dream, he uses words which are synonymous with death and pain; 'drown' 'dreadful' 'fearful' 'gnawed' 'pain' 'dead men'.

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  12. Richard III. Write a letter to an actor who has been selected to play the part of Richard explaining to him what you would expect of him in terms of: His interaction with other characters. His interpretation and delivery of language

    The reason why these two scenes have been concentrated on is because they occur at key moments within the play and at opposite ends as well. Not only do they appear at opposite ends of the play but they also occur when Richards's confidence is at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. This enables us to see Richard from multiple perspectives and it shows us his multi-faceted mental and emotional states. As I am sure you are aware, Richard is portrayed as an Evil and conscience free king as well as being physically deformed.

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  13. Analyse and comment upon, the extent to which Richard III is a successful politician.

    Based on or motivated by partisan or self-serving objectives: a purely political decision. 1. One who is actively involved in politics, especially party politics. 2. One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and by manoeuvring Richard has shown several of these characteristics and so can be described as a political character. The audience of Richard III experiences a complex, ambiguous, and highly changeable relationship with the main character. Richard is clearly a villain-he declares outright in his very first speech that he intends to stop at nothing to achieve his immoral desires.

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  14. Discuss the effectiveness of the opening ofTim Burton's 'Edward Scissorhands'

    These inside-outside opposites embody the other main ethical message of the story, that conformity is not always good and being different doesn't make you a 'bad' person. The opening scenes also establish important information including the introduction of two of the three principal characters; establishment of many of the moods, tones and genres used later in the film; and establishment of the location and period. Location and period are almost immaterial because even though it is set in 1960s suburban America, the message is still relevant today.

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  15. Was Thornbury castle built as a palace or for defence?

    Underneath the crenellations there are machicolations which were used to pour thing though (e.g. red hot oil or stones) to hit invaders below. The finished tower showing the machicolations Around some of the outside walls shows ditches which may have been the start of a moat or other people think it many have been a ha-ha. 'The stream to the west of the building was broadened into a moat' This statement is by A D K Hawkyard. 'There cummithe an armelet of severne ebbynage and flowing into this parke. Duke Edward had thowght to have trenchyd there, and to have browght it up to the castle.'

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  16. Write a review of the opening sequence of 'Pretty Woman' analysing the techniques used by the director to hook the audience.

    It turns into a more upbeat song it's lyrics include 'I'll get over you,' this is a signifier because it links in with the fact that he has just broken up with his girlfriend. When the shot moves to Vivien in her bedroom the music changes again, it changes to a louder, heavier song called 'Wild women do' which matches Vivien's character as a prostitute living in the rough part of the Hollywood Boulevard where she lives life wildly. Just from this you can see a contrast between Vivien and Edward straight away.

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  17. Our intial impression of a character usually influences the way we judge that character throughout the play. Discuss the way Shaw presents Richard Dudgeon to the audience in Act I. Have your impressions of him changed by the end of the play?

    Richard, however, shows a profound liking and support of Peter, and this means that he too is looked upon in disgust, particularly by his mother. Judith Anderson has much the same opinion of Richard as his mother does, though her dislike is perhaps not quite as severe. Richard is put down simply because of his religious beliefs; whereas all of his relatives are Puritans, he simply wants to enjoy life, and this is what has earned him the title of the 'Devil's Disciple'.

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  18. How does Shakespeare represent female characters in Richard the third?

    However, ironically some of the strongest monarchs that England has seen have been women. This shows that although times change, women can still prove to be just as strong as the men. Such as, Bodica who lead her Viking troops into war and defeated the Romans many times. Elizabeth the first was also a very strong monarch in Shakespeare's time. That time was a patriarchal society, so men, who could influence the characters in Richard the third, dominated it. Women are seen as the victims. However, the longest reigning monarch is Victoria who reigned for 60 years. This demonstrates long life, strength in war and battle, and also strength of mind in many situations.

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  19. Explain the importance of Act 1 Scene 1 to 'King Richard Third' Discuss your ideas for presenting these scenes and say, how successfully you think the Loncraine Version interpreted them.

    These contrasts indicate to the reader how one wartime use is being changed to a celebration indicating the idea of peace, stability and national unity. With, "Our Stern alarms chang'd to merry meetings" indicates through the alliteration of the 'm' how much partying is taking place. Moreover, "Our dreadful marches to delightful measures"; this balance is further enhanced through the double vowel sound with the 'd' and the 'm'. This further enhances the use of national unity and collaboration. In the opening soliloquy, Richard uses personification of winter to exemplify war and the discontent of people.

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  20. Richard III by William Shakespeare - 'How much sympathy do you have for the executed Hastings?'

    The shared dislike of Queen Elizabeth between Hastings and Richard kindles a friendship between them, and as the audience, we aren't taken in by his false concern and so know that this technique Richard has used to intrigue Hastings is extremely effective, and Hastings has fallen into the trap of trusting Richard. In this scene, some empathy is directed towards Hastings because in only the first scene we have seen Richard cast Hastings under his spell and Hastings becomes captivated, oblivious to the apparent corrupt and depraved qualities of Richard.

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  21. Richard III - provide an exploration of how Shakespeare presents appearance and reality within Richard III.

    A major driving force through the evil legacy of Richard is his physical appearance. Richard is "deformed" and "unfinished" and he uses his disability to fool others into thinking that he may possess vulnerability. Richard's physical features are closely linked to aspects surrounding evil, which mirror the evil he has inside. Shakespeare presents Richard in a rather disturbing manner throughout the play and he provides us with further disturbing images of Richard. "That he could gnaw a crust at two years old, Twas full two years ere I could get a tooth."

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  22. In 'Richard III', how is it that we can be so interested in Richard, and even sympathetic towards him, when he is so completely evil?

    Although his deformity is a problem, this is the driving force behind his determination: 'And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain.' Richard is also a schemer. He has started rumours, 'To set my brother Clarence and the King In deadly hate the one against the other.' This shows that he is very determined and will go to any lengths to achieve what he wants. He is even prepared to kill his own family and friends.

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  23. Edward Scissorhands - From the director Tim Burton comes an incredible tale of an unusual character.

    And the children could be signifying that Edwards mind is not like a grown-up's. They could be telling us that even though he looks dangerous, he is really just an innocent child that has been forced to live on his own with scissors for hands. At this point, we see the castle in its entirety from the window of a warm, golden bedroom, and out into the freezing cold. In this room we see a few things that indicate to us that there is a childish theme. For instance the golden lighting used in this scene.

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  24. 'Is Richard III a 'bloody tyrant and a homicide' or 'a man of great and diverse gifts''.

    From the very beginning of the play you hear of his cold-hearted murderous deeds, but also of his cunning plots to succeed the throne. Many themes run throughout the play, the struggle of good over evil is one more obvious theme. Richard, the villain, has no redemption from his evil except perhaps his wit. Within the play there is a lack of goodness, any good that does exist in the play is quickly eradicated by Richard's plot for the crown.

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  25. What were the reasons behind Harold's visit to Normandy and How was the Visit Significant?

    Even more convincing is the story which many Norman's claim to be true, which assumed Harold's main objective was to deliver an oath to William to promise Edward's throne to him. Or was he there to salvage what he could of his family's great oath to their own and bring back his brother and nephew whom were still being held as hostage by William. In addition the historians have also been led to believe that Harold had just kicked off his diplomatic tour of Europe trying to gain support for his claim for greatness.

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