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  1. 'In his depiction of Richard III Shakespeare has created much more than a simple theatrical villain.' Discuss

    Richard III also deals with a key political issue. It talks about, 'the justification of men to depose a king if he proved to be a disaster for the country'. In the time the play was written it was common belief that the monarch was appointed by god and therefore would be divinely protected. This was much debated however Richard III clearly provides an answer to that question. The Richard presented by Shakespeare has a wide range of characteristics. The main aspect of Richard's personality to focus upon is his great wit.

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  2. 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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  3. Richard III.Anne looked absolutely disgusted to see me, this monster standing in front of her. I have had this look to many times now, to care.

    I drooped a doctor's knife on the table next to me, for later. She was weeping all over this rotting corpse; I decided this would be a good chance for me to make my entrance. Creeping out of the room's shadows, swiftly and silently. I stood behind this pitiful woman, who would soon be mine. She was talking out loud to herself. I was too busy plotting my master plan to listen to her pathetic words. But what I did hear, it made me chuckle to myself inside. She cursed the killer's wife. Cursing what will end up being her.

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  4. King Richard III, how significant is act 3 scene 7 to the play as a whole?

    Richards's involvement in the play was to manipulate and murder any people who got in his way when he was trying to get the crown. In this essay I will be examining how significant act 3 scene 7 is to the play as a whole. Five sections will be taken in to account to solve this: Character, themes, stage, language and audience response. Character Richard and Buckingham are presented as individuals in a multitude of different ways. Throughout the play Richard is portrayed as an actor.

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  5. Edward scissors hands - Narrative.

    followed by a secondary establishing shot of the mansion. After a fading transition the camera is on the inside of the mansion looking down on the houses in the same way that the old woman was looking up at the house. This whole two-minuet sequence is strangely similar to the one seen in Citizen Cane when we see Cane's mansion in the way the sequence is shot and the content (The mansion, An outcast within the mansion, The use of snow).

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  6. Examine thoroughly how Clarence's speech brings out the quality of the nightmare for the audience. Consider also how people of Shakespeare's time might view the nightmare differently to us.

    is then imprisoned in the Tower of London by the King as he is seen as a threat. Richard promises Clarence that he will go and plead to the King for him, but instead, he just creates more suspicion. Richard hears news that King Edward is very ill, and realises he must act quickly. He plots with two executioners to kill Clarence. One night, whilst locked in the Tower, Clarence has a nightmare and describes it to his jailor, Brackenbury. Shakespeare wrote the speech as a form of poetry. Dignified characters, such as Clarence, speak in blank verse.

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  7. My task is to investigate all the evidence and see how much I agree with the interpretation that Edward built Caernarfon castle solely for the purpose of showmanship.

    In 1244, the English King, Henry III saw the ructions in Wales as a chance to invade and take over. He did this and had a clear victory. He did still realise though that Llewelyn deserved some respect as he was the Prince of Wales, so he gave half of the divided Gwynedd to him, and half to Llewelyn's brother, Dafydd, on the condition that they continued to pay homage to the English King. When Henry died, his son Edward became King.

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  8. 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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  9. Explain How Richard Succeeds in Seducing Lady Anne in Act 1 Scene 1 of Richard III.

    By this, Richard means that to make amends for killing Anne's husband and father-in-law he will marry her. That was one reason for marrying Anne but Richard has at least one more. "As for another secret close intent" That could be to strengthen his right to the throne or just for the fun of a challenge. Or maybe he has two other reasons and that both of them are true. The language used at the end of act 1 scene 1 is written in verse, also when Richard calls Anne a "wench" and uses a well-known proverb "But yet I run before my horse to market" It is almost as though Richard has discarded royal heritage and become an average civilian.

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  10. Was Richard III A Wicked Tyrant?

    On the death of the king, Edward's eldest son, then only 12 years old, was proclaimed king as Edward V. Richard knew of the troubles that this could cause. Edward's mother, Elizabeth Woodville, came from an unpopular and resented family, Richard worried that the Woodville's would try and take control of the country through the young king. It was due to this, with the aid of Henry Stafford, 2nd duke of Buckingham, Richard seized custody of the young king and was able to assume the protectorship.

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  11. '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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  12. We recently watched the film Pretty Woman, which was directed by American Hollywood.

    He needs someone to take to a business meal the next evening, so he gives her $3000 to stay with him for the week. Vivien goes shopping on Rodeo Drive to buy a dress for the dinner, and she is treated very badly. The next day he takes her shopping and because of his wealth she is treated very differently. Through spending time with Vivien, Edward begins doubting his ruthless business techniques, and ends up help companies that are weakening.

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  13. The Explosion.

    Nothing in the natural world could ever beat Mauna Loa for its shear size or beauty; I could smell my adrenalin pumping around my body like a swarm of bees. We landed a few miles away from the volcano, named Mauna Loa. Richard and I departed the plane and collected our luggage which had already been unloaded on to a trailer. It was a typical American trailer, with all the grunt and power you would ever need. The Americans always have to be bigger and better. Richard was a good friend of mine; we had studied in the same university.

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  14. Richard the third is cruel, manipulative, cold hearted and corrupt; however we really ought to mention his bad aspects.

    One key thing to note when Richard addresses the audience is the great humour he uses. He is able to laugh at the death of his two nephews and is intrigued to know more, he also takes it upon him to marry the women whose husband and father he had murdered. He thinks of it as a challenge and when he addresses the audience in act I scene 1, '...I'll marry Warwick's youngest daughter.

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  15. What is significant about the way David Hare ends "Skylight"?

    The emotional scar has been made before the play even starts. The memory of Alice remains a sad spectre for Tom and Kyra. Edward comes right at the beginning, which is an introduction to Tom because it brings back all the memories of him. I think that when Tom reappears, Kyra may have doubted leaving him because she loves him, but she also hates part of him as well and from pg.56 she realises that they have such different lifestyles, and are utterly incompatible. Tom: '...I was thinking, I could get used to this. Maybe this area isn't so bad.

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  16. In Ally Mcbeal the men and women are very different and these differences mount throughout the series, there are defined gender roles,

    The only time the audience really see Richard's emotions is in his court battle to be able to say how much his uncle detested short people at his funeral. He tries to mask his real feelings and barricades them through saying how much his uncle hated short people. I think that because Richard does not cry he is in a way conforming to what society expects from men and also because men are seen as strong and dominant they do not want to look less masculine especially in front of women.

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  17. To Mr Anthony Browning

    Edward's lost his father and mother to a bad case of murder at the age of two. His elder sister brought him up. Most of the other lads on the train have lost their families in the brutal war. I am currently a Stroker along with Edward. When I first came here I was doing first aid with all the other lads. Then they trained us all to be cavalry. It wasn't easy I tell you. Some of the horses can get really nervous. I trained for around four weeks. At the end of the training news came that there was an urgent need for more Strokers.

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  18. Richard's Character Sketch - The main character of the play Richard III, Richard, is the major villain of the play.

    Richard while is "the plain devil." Richard is able to seduce the innocent, as the Devil. His mind is filled with sinful thoughts and many of his actions are evil in nature. We see this at the very beginning of the play, in a soliloquy, he relays to the audience his plans, "to set my brother Clarence and the king in deadly hate the one against the other." Richard has a relentless pursuit, he is so ambitious, and he will not stop at anything until what he wants is achieved.

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  19. Does Richard the third deserve his reputation?

    Overall Richards reputation is not good and even his mother thinks ill of him. Richard the third was a real king and he occupied the throne in the short reign of two years. This is why it is thought to be a real story as opposed to a folk myth. All of Shakespeare's plays were based on real people or they were adapted from already written books. I think Richard lll is fairly accurate to his real reign and the means of getting to the throne.

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  20. This excerpt is taken from the very first act of Shakespeare's play 'Richard III', and it exemplifies just how, throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays the king as a vile and despicable character.

    Richard's bad image began as the result of Henry VII's desire to destroy Richard's reputation once he was dead. He intended for Richard to sink into oblivion whilst he, Henry, would be remembered as the magnificent saviour who rescued England from Richard's oppressive and tyrannical reign. By using the interest that many people had in historical events in the 15th and 16th century, Henry hoped to twist events to make Richard appear cruel and spiteful. However, Henry's propaganda actually had the adverse effect of elevating Richard's character to mythic proportions, so that it is often a source of debate, 5oo years after his demise, as to whether he was a paradigm of evil or a paragon of loyalty.

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  21. Shakespeare's presentation of the character of Richard III

    The first part of the soliloquy starts with 'now is the winter of out discontent'. The usage of the word winter implies the end of the 'discontent' as winter is the last season before the new-year. Yet the first line can be interpreted in a different way. Winter is a dark season, literally speaking. It has long nights and so it could be associated with crime/evil as it is commonly believed that satanic powers have more power in the dark as they are away from the light of goodness/God. Could Richard be implying that the worst 'winter' of our 'discontent' was yet to come?

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  22. Shakespeare's Wicked Kings

    He has 'no delight to pass away the time' The audience learns some shocking things about Richards's views on love and loyalty in the soliloquy. Richard is a very bitter man and because of his deformity, feels that he can not pass the time by flirting and other things to do with women. He is a very disloyal person and probably would have a bad relationship with a woman because he wants to set his 'brother Clarence and the king in deadly hate the one against the other' so that they eliminate each other and he can take control and run things how he sees fit.

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  23. Give an account of the methods, which Shakespeare uses to reveal Richard IIIs character to us and to shape our attitudes towards him.

    "Simple plain Clarence, I do love thee so That I will shortly send your soul to heaven." This is Shakespeare telling you that Richard is a character which has no conscience, as he can say this one line so happily and knowing that by saying it Clarence is as well as dead. This is a good example of Shakespeare using irony in its full potential in this play. In the second scene of Act 1 Richard is seducing Lady Anne even though he has just recently killed her husband and does so with the corpse next to them.

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  24. Sense and sensibility

    But reality always tends to subvert expectations, whether in life or in art, as accidents and unexpected twists and turns happen to everyone. Marriage: For Marianne and Elinor, marriage is not a choice, but a necessity; and their need to marry expediently and well is a pressing concern in the novel, as they look for suitors. Young men may choose more freely when and whom they marry, and Colonel Brandon is even 35 and still unmarried; but even for women who have money, marriage is necessary to secure their social positions and ensure financial stability for the future.

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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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