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How Far Is Richard III A Hero?

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King Richard III How Far Is Richard III A Hero? In my opinion Richard is definitely not a hero, he is nothing more than an immoral villain. He is a cunning, callous and carefree murderer. However, for much of the play the audience view him as a hero. Throughout my essay I aim to argue why Richard is an immoral villain whilst contrasting why many may perceive him as a hero. For much of the play Richard may be seen as a hero. One reason for this is his dramatic language. Shakespeare's use of long, fascinating monologues in which Richard outlines his evil plans and thoughts are central to the audiences experiences and impressions of Richard. Thus, enabling his manipulative character to charm the audience. In (1, 1, 125-127) Richard speaks to the audience about his time at war. 'Our bruised arms hung up for monuments' (1, 1, 125) he creates an image that they have hung their armour up victoriously. This would therefore suggest that he his heroic as he has led his side to victory. ...read more.

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Dive, thoughts, down to my soul. Here Clarence comes.' the audience will still view him as a hero, because of the way he hides his cunning and deceitful plans from others. By doing so we could question whether Shakespeare is genuine, as he is wrongfully leads us to like Richard, therefore allowing Richard to undeservedly become our hero for most of the play. The fact that Shakespeare doesn't introduce the other characters also aids in him becoming the hero. Moreover, because we are unaware of the other characters and know nothing about them we have little concern regarding whether they are been tricked or not. Furthermore, Richard could be seen as a hero through his wooing of Anne. For example he tries to explain his killing of Edward ' Your beauty was the cause of that effect' (1, 2, 125), whilst at the same time complementing Anne. He also mentions to Anne ' Vouchsafe to wear this ring' (1, 2, 205), which also suggests he wishes to marry her and Anne accepts the ring. ...read more.

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After becoming King Richard is no longer seen as a hero by the audience as he gradually loses his subtlety, manipulative powers and uses less dramatic language, therefore he loses his appeal. However Richard also begins to show signs of remorse and guilt after the ghosts begin to haunt him as he realises he can no longer fight against his conscience ' O coward conscience, how does thou afflict me!'. He is trying to fight against it because he doesn't' want to admit he is a villain also 'I rather hate myself/ for hateful deeds committed by myself. I am a villain - yet I lie, I am not!' shows how he is indecisive and can no longer hide what he has done. Overall I believe that Richard is clearly a villain and not a hero. Although Richard cunningly builds his way to become King he doesn't deserve the title. He is a ruthless murderer who disregards others and focuses solely on himself. Shakespeare portrays Richard as a hero in order to please the monarch at the time and therefore is unable to express his views that Richard is a villain as well. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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