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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.

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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 This plays deals with the story of King Richard third, Duke of Gloucester, and reflects on how he gained the English Throne. The genre is 'history' although in our terms it changed to 'horror' due to the number of deaths that take place among the characters throughout the film. Richard becomes the focus of the play; it is structured to allow the audience to feel involved and complicit in his crimes. The backdrop to the play is the infamous civil conflict, 'the war of the roses'. The play is presented in the Tudor perspective. It was written to flatter the monarchy. Therefore, Shakespeare portrayed Richard in a negative light as a deformed, obsessive villain not a hero. The conflict of the 'war of the roses' was a brutal civil war where Queen Elizabeth's godfather Henry VII defeated Richard and gained the throne of England, the first Tudor monarch. In this way, Shakespeare indicated that the Tudors were the founders of peace, ending the 'war of the roses' in favour of Elizabeth. The civil war affected people badly, throughout the whole British Isles. Shakespeare's language indicates that after the civil conflict, everybody was involved in great celebrations. The language of war is balanced clearly with the language of pleasure. The great celebration indicates to the reader how the good overcame the evil i.e. the Tudors being good. This correspondence is indicated through; " Our stern alarms chang'd to merry meetings" or " Our dreadful marches to delightful measures". ...read more.

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In lines 16 to 19 Richard invokes himself as being "rudely stamp'd" indicating to the reader that he is badly stamped like a coin because he was "deform'd, unfinish'd sent before my time"; i.e. that he was born prematurely and instead of being discarded he has to live through his ugliness. Richard also evokes pity into the viewers by claiming 'dogs bark at me" because he in hideous and unattractive. He also engages the viewer deeper into his thoughts by claiming that in the "weak piping of peace" he has "no delight but to pass time away". Indicating how he has nothing else to do but to gaze and wallow over his deformities because he detests the "peace time" as everyone is dancing and kissing and he is unable to perform these 'sportive tricks'. Richard then balances his apathy and monotony by balancing a personification of "shadow" and "sun" to inform the viewers of his tedious nature and boredom while commenting on his deformities. Concluding line 30, Richard shows that he "cannot prove a lover" due to his deformities so he is "determined to prove a villain". Richard includes this passage in the play to allow the reader to comprehend and understand Richard and why he is planning such horrific crimes but as the reader is lured into, Richards mind they also become complacent when they are informed of the crimes he is committing. Although Richard did seize the throne of King Edward V of England, Richard's baseness is strongly exaggerated in this play. This play communicates a deep knowledge of the wellsprings of human behaviour. ...read more.

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Women would be the more authoritative and dominant species; they suppressed men and confined their rights as an individual. Society obeyed one woman in particular Queen Elizabeth. Anybody who would dare to speak against her would be tortured. There was one man however who made history by going against the odds and he stood up to Elizabeth. She had always been obeyed before so she was startled and fell in love with Edward. They got married and there was a big celebration, all women started to treat men differently but this would not last long. Edward started to become insecure with his situation and was faced with the pressure of, if their marriage did not work out men's rights would be confined as before, so Edward started sleeping with Elizabeth more and more manipulating and enhancing every hold he had of her. Edward confessed to Richard over his hold of Elizabeth and confided in him of his insecurities. Richard began feeding off Edwards's insecurities, as he had a growing attraction to Queen Elizabeth. The story would illustrate Richard's ruthless qualities of gaining the throne over England by slaughtering his own family. The story was end over Richard killing Elizabeth and then his baby daughter straight after the birth. Richard would then lose the audiences trust and he then killed himself by committing suicide. I wanted his film to have a dramatic ending and to give the audience a sense of morality. I would use different camera angles in the play and perceive Richard like the Loncraine version. My play would contain comedy aspects also of Richards's witty personality, yet at the end with the build up of crimes and the dramatic halt the audience is left with an exposed image of Richard. Nafisa Nathani 1 ...read more.

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