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In act 1 scene 2 Richard III has many difficulties before he wins Lady Anne. Shakespeare, too, has many challenges in this scene. How are these overcome? Do you find Lady Annes capitulation to Richard credible?

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In act 1 scene 2 Richard III has many difficulties before he wins Lady Anne. Shakespeare, too, has many challenges in this scene. How are these overcome? Do you find Lady Anne's capitulation to Richard credible? The war of the Roses is a civil war between two families fighting for the crown. On one side there are the York's and on the other side there was the Lancaster family who at the start of the war have thrown. At the end of the war the Lancaster's have lost the thrown and the only important living Lancaster left is Lady Anne. Lady Anne was the wife of Lancaster prince Edward. He has been killed by Richard III who is a York. He also killed Lady Anne's father in law and the reigning king Henry VI. Shakespeare sets Richard III just after the York's have won the crown. Richard is at a celebration party where everybody is having fun are talking and are having a great time. The way Shakespeare presents Richard III makes us feel that he is the only one not having fun. The reason for this is that Richard III was a great fighter but after the war has finished he has nothing to do and he "hate the idle pleasures of theses days". ...read more.

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She gives the impression she wants to harm the person that killed her father in law and husband. She goes on to say, "If ever he have child, abortive be it". What she does not know is that later she is going to be the wife to the person that killed her father in law and husband, so actually the child that she is cursing may well be hers. Also she is hated Richard that she is giving an innocent child that has not even been born yet a curse that it should be monster like. Shakespeare has not made Lady Anne's hatred believable because no body curses an unborn child that has no fault. Shakespeare has also made this scene difficult because the body of Henry VI is always on the stage reminding what Richard has done. Also it is reminding that the Lancaster family is nearly destroyed. And that Richard is responsible of this. From the beginning this scene is dramatic; Lady Anne is weeping by the body of her father in law when Richard enters. With Lady Anne there are many people of which some are body guards that are there to protect her. When Richard enters he is faced with many people but still he comes and says "Villains set down the corpse, or by Saint Paul I'll make a corpse of him that disobeys." ...read more.

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Again he know that she is not going to do it as then she would be responsible for three deaths, and he knows that she does not want that. At this point Richard is in control because he knows what Lady Anne is going to do and he takes advantage of this. In the end Lady Anne accepts the ring from Richard. This means that she has forgiven him for killing her father in law (who is still on stage) and her husband. This also shows that Richard can have what he wants and always gets it. He did exactly what he told the audience he was going to do. I don't think that Lady Anne accepted the ring because she wanted to. This is because nobody marries the person that killed their family. At the end of the play Shakespeare lets Richard gloat over his success. This makes us think that Richard does not really love her he just wanted a woman in his life this was the only time it could happen. After Lady Anne leaves Richard says "I'll have her but will not keep her long". This makes us think that Richard just wanted every body of the country think that the Lancastrians have forgiven the York, the bit "I will not keep her long" makes us think that he will kill her after some time and get somebody else, which certainly makes us frightened for her. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gautambir Soin 1 ...read more.

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