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How significant is act 3 scene 7 to the play as a whole? (Richard iii)

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How significant is act 3 scene 7 to the play as a whole? Richard iii essay Richard the third is the last play in a cycle of eight plays that Shakespeare wrote to dramatize the history of England between 1398-1485. The plays depict the struggle for the crown and in Richard the third it shows how Richard finally gets to the crown by committing lots of murders but then is toppled by Richmond. In this essay I will explore how significant act 3 scene 7 is to the play. In this play Richard is presented as a ingenious man who can easily manipulate others for his sake , he does this through his use of clever language, in act1 scene 2 Richard persuades Anne to marry him In the play Richard is physically deformed and believes he was 'cheated of feature', he means that he was robbed of his good looks and it shows how he thinks he is ugly and deformed. Through out the play Richard does a lot of acting this helps him to manipulate people, in act 3 scene 7 Richard manipulates the people into thinking he is a devoted Christian, he does this by standing 'between two churchmen', he does this so they will think that he is fit to be king. ...read more.

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Richard wants to have more power than Buckingham an exmple of this would be when Richard says 'I will not yield to you'. Which means I will not do what you want me to do. Richard and Buckingham both try to manipulate each other they do this by being overly friendly to one an other an example of this would be when Richard calls Buckingham his 'other self' and 'my dear cousin' Richard is overly friendly to Buckingham as he knows that he needs him to become king Richard uses this flattery to manipulate Buckingham. In this play Richard is presented as deformed evil person but he was not really like that. Elizabeth 1st presented Richard like this as she wanted to make Richmond one of her relatives to look like a great man and England's saviour. So she got a man called polydore vergil to write the history of England the way she wanted it. Elizabeth 1st did this so that the Tudor dynasty could be legitimised. Vergils arguments have become known as the Tudor myth. It said that Henry 6th illegal seizure of the crown resulted in the god given order to be broken and all the disasters that followed including the bloody war of the roses and Richard 3rd evil reign. ...read more.

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These churchmen were used as props because back when the play was set it was important for a king to religious and the church men are used to signify goodness. In this play lots of manipulative language is used some of these include juxtapositioning, rhetoric and irony. An example of juxtapositioning used in this scene would be when Buckingham talks to the major about Richard saying that he is not an Edward' 'lulling on a lewd love bed but on his knees at meditation. This is used as it shows two contrasting characters and shows how 'good' Richard is compared to Edward. An example of irony used in this scene would be when Richard says 'since you will buckle fortune on my back. I must have patience to endure the load' .This is an ironic statement as they did not put the 'fortune' on Richards back but he made them chose him. An example of rhetoric used in this scene would be when Buckingham put forward reasons for Richard to become king in a very persuasive way. Buckingham tells Richard that it is his 'right of birth' to become king, this example of rhetoric is used to manipulate the citizens into thinking that they chose him to be king. ...read more.

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