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How Might the Audience feel about Richard at the end of Act 2

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How Might the Audience feel about Richard at the end of Act 2 The play Richard III shows power, greed and ambition and how doing these things can effect other people and change how you act and think. In the world today someone who is like Richard in the way that he is greedy and power hungry is Saddam Hussein. The whole play shows how Richard is ambitious, greedy and power hungry. At the start of the play he is ambitious because he has set himself a task to become king. This shows that he is greedy because he is not happy with what position he is at that moment and wants more power. The way in which he does this is by killing anyone who could prevent him from becoming king. I think Shakespeare may have wanted to show that having ambition, power and a little greed is ok but if you lose your head and want more and more power making you become more greedy it could result in not just other people getting hurt. ...read more.

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He does this by Forcing Lady Anne to do it, By holding a knife against his throat, And saying he's ashamed of himself, And he should be killed. Lady Anne is overcome by Richard in that part because of the very status of women in this play. In order to have power, every woman must be married with a man who also has power. Therefore if Lady Anne wanted to maintain her status as royalty, she must accept Richard's proposal. What is truly amazing is that she agrees to marry him knowing that he will, at some point, kill her. Richard III is a play within a play. It is primarily Richard's play, Shown by the skillful plots which he completes in each scene. This act starts with King Edward attempting to direct his own little play, getting Buckingham, Hastings, Rivers to pretend to be friends. ...read more.

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Throughout the scenes in this act, Richard does not have to be present to have an impact. He is mentioned as having spoken to both the young children, and even the citizens are afraid of what he is capable of. The Audience and Actors can have many different views of Richard. As the Audience sees everything, We can see what he does behind other characters backs. The audience might see mixed feelings about him. He has a deformity, So the audience might feel sorry for him, And they might think that he is that upset about it, They might think he needs to do bad things as bad things have happened to him. The Actors however might feel he is a persuasive evil person, As I said earlier, He managed to make Lady Anne love him, Even after he killed her husband and father. She might see him as a persuasive man, But she might also see him as a sad man - Because of his deformity. ...read more.

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