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

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Explain How Richard Succeeds in Seducing Lady Anne in Act 1 Scene 1 of Richard III Shakespeare wrote Richard III as a tragedy by using his own interpretation of Richard, choosing his words, thoughts and opinions carefully as at the time of Shakespeare writing this play Queen Elizabeth had employed Francis Walshingham as the head of the Secret Service. Francis then recruited espionage agents to listen to the conversations that were spoken by the public. Richard's character was written as though anyone of his family or friends could have been an agent of the Secret Service as he would hide his true feelings and thoughts whenever anyone came on stage even though he had just told the entire audience his intentions at the very start of the play, "Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here Clarence comes." These actions were also present at the time of the plays being written. In the soliloquy at the start of act 1 scene 1 Richard tells the audience what he intends to do throughout the play, and that is to become Anne's husband and father, "Is to become her husband and her father." By this, Richard means that to make amends for killing Anne's husband and father-in-law he will marry her. ...read more.

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"If ever he have wife," "More miserable by the death of him" Then the reason she uses only male references could be that women might not have been thought capable of committing a single murder let alone two. As well as Anne cursing the murderer, she curses the murderers wife, should the murderer get married. "If ever he have wife, let her be made More miserable by the death of him Than I am made by my young lord and thee." Again, this also backs up my idea that Anne knows who the murderer is. The stagecraft that is used is very dramatic as the stage would suddenly fill at least nine actors and, as the body of Henry VI would only be covered with a cloth, it is highly likely that blood from Henry's wounds might have stained it. Another dramatic device used is repetition, "O, cursed be the hand that made these holes! Cursed the heart that had the heart to do it! Cursed the blood that let this blood from hence!" The animal imagery that Anne uses runs throughout the play, "Than I can wish to wolves, to spiders, toads." As the procession is about to set off again Richard bursts in and orders the pallbearers to put Henry's body down, "Stay, you bear that corpse, and set it down." ...read more.

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Anne, although very tempted to does not kill Richard or ask him to kill himself, instead she drops the sword. Richard questions her actions and discovers that although she wants him dead she will not kill him or wish he kill himself. "Arise, dissembler; though I wish thy death, I will not be thy executioner." Having discovered Anne wont kill him, he rises and asks her to wear an engagement ring, "Vouchsafe to wear this ring." Anne accepts. Richard then makes another request, that she go to his home, "And presently repair to Crosby House." Again, Anne accepts this request. After Anne leaves, Richard informs the pallbearers that they should take Henry's body to White-friars, "No, to White-friars; there attend my coming." This might be to stop Anne from going to visit the grave or maybe another reason that has not been thought of yet. After the pallbearers leave Richard, again, speaks to the audience in another soliloquy and says such things as, "There! Told you so!" and by saying, "I'll have her, but I will not keep her long." He suggests that all he wanted to do was to see if he could accomplish the challenge of winning Anne. This might have been the reason Richard spoke of earlier in the play. Michael Cunningham Page 1 5/2/2007 ...read more.

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