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How do we feel Sympathy or Admiration for Richard III?

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How do we feel Sympathy or Admiration for Richard III? Richard III is a play set just after the War of the Roses, which the Yorkists have won. After this Edward IV was crowned king of England being the head of the house of York, and the population was taken out of an era of depression. At this time Richard was forth in line for the throne, behind the kings two young sons, to whom he became lord protector after he murdered the third heir, his brother Clarence. The historical context of the play is of great significance. This is because it effected the whole way the play was written. When the play was written the monarch at the time was Elizabeth I, and Henry VII was her Grandfather (Clarence), so if Shakespeare had made Richard III's character the opposite to what he finally was portrayed as he would have been guilty of treason or being disloyal to the Queen. The Philosophical context of the play was also very important because it included the beliefs of the Divine Right of Kings. This was a belief that the King was directly chosen by god and that the King was aligned to god, hence the reason for the heir of the throne being direct family. This is very important towards the controversial attitude of Richard and the way he expects other to perceive him. Richard III is classed as a historical tragedy. This is because it tells a true historical story of a real King but it is also tragic because it contains typical Shakespearean Trademarks. These are the fact that it is about a high born individual who has a fatal flaw, which leads to his downfall. The story also carries the characteristics, when the monarch falls or dies the whole of society is influenced causing mass disruption and by the end of the play the rightful heir must be restored to the throne to bring order back to society. ...read more.

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And this is where we begin to side and sympathise with him. He says, "I am determined to prove a villain" and the reason behind this is because he cannot prove the hero, even with determination. But again he emits confidence, "Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous" which shows he is already scheming and is urging us to follow him on his journey. Near the close he boasts, "As I am subtle, false, and treacherous." This really makes us believe, that he can prevail against all odds. This opening soliloquy is crucial to the way we side with the characters throughout the whole play, but it is mainly due to his Psychological effect on us because we always seem to support the under dog which he is. But we sympathise with him as a result of our admiration because his physical condition makes him weaker against others. And from this he also has a very over the top attitude which makes him humorous as he addresses us directly and often un truthfully. This creates Shakespeare's Machiavel/ Vice character. The Staging of this scene would also contribute a lot, as it would probably have Richard moving around the stage addressing the whole audience, with a spot light following him to strengthen his presence. The story is about the rise and fall of Richard, and his conquest to prove a villain to us (the audience). And throughout the play his attitude becomes more ruthless as he edges closer to the throne. And when he does become king, it is by very sly tactics to make himself more genuine to others. But after he is crowned a rapid series of events leads to the battle of Bosworth were he is killed. Richard gains the throne by using sly tactics. As when he is to meet other lords he prepares, reading a bible and being surrounded by clergy. ...read more.

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which shows his arrogance, but again makes us feel a sense of admiration for him. Throughout the whole play Richard makes us feel admiration and sympathy for him by using a clever selection of techniques. By using his very open, machiavel characteristics in his opening soliloquy he wins us over by revealing all his schemes to us, and putting his trust in us. Later he relates to his male audience by being able to woo the ladies and also with his courageous fighting skills. But also as he begins to realise that his plans have been fulfilled. These are the ways that we feel admiration for him. And we feel sympathy for him because he is deformed and robbed of beauty, and later he begins to gain his conscience and guilt and regret his mistakes. This makes him very human and therefore we relate to his attitudes about his plans. Because when we plan something and it does not turn out as desired, we would regret afterwards - especially if it had harmed someone. And this is what Richard does towards the end as his sense of glory begins to fade. But he also give us admiration for him because he is the anchor in our understanding and involvement in the play, which in the film is symbolised by his smiling at the end, because he knows he has captivated us since the beginning. Overall, the main reason we feel admiration and sympathy for him is because he only human and we are able to relate to his reasoning. As he is deformed, we are also conscious about are aesthetic appearance, and it can balance decisions we make and how we feel. But also he has pure ambition to achieve his goals, which we also have and we desire something, we will be determined to achieve it. People also have envy and jealousy of others, and these are the ways in which we feel sympathy and admiration for Richard III. Faraz Auckbarally 10Z - 1 - ...read more.

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