• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In 'Richard III', how is it that we can be so interested in Richard, and even sympathetic towards him, when he is so completely evil?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Richard III In 'Richard III', how is it that we can be so interested in Richard, and even sympathetic towards him, when he is so completely evil? 'Richard III' opens with a soliloquy by Richard, introducing himself to the audience and revealing many things about his character. One thing we learn about him,him is his sarcastic humour when he is talking about the end of the war:, 'Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious by his son of York,' which could be the 'sun' in the sky, or Kinthis shows his ability to think in puns because he could be referring to the 'sun' in the sky, or King Edward, 'son' of York. He later says that, 'iWhy, I in this weak piping time of peace,' he has Have 'nono delight to pass away the time, Unless to see my shadow in the sun.' H ie uses this sarcasm to make a point that he actually detests peacetime because he cannot enjoy himself because of the burden of his deformity. This shows that he is honest and truthful to himself. He realizes that he is 'not shaped for sportive tricks Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass,' so acknowledging that he is not 'normal', and he thinks that women are never going to fall in love with a deformed man like himself. ...read more.

Middle

This suggests his very honesty leads to others accusing him. He further describes himself as 'a plain man' whose 'simple truth' is 'abused' by others more subtle and dishonest than he is. Furthermore, he pretends to be a simple man, 'too childish-foolish for this world,' which portrays him as a man out of kilter with the plots of more sophisticated people. Richard also acts towards Buckingham. This is demonstrated when Buckingham suggests his plans to separate the Woodvilles from Prince Edward: 'My other self, my counsel's consistory, My oracle, my prophet, my dear cousin, I, as a child, will go thy direction. Toward Ludlow then, for we'll not stay behind.' Richard seems to flatter Buckingham by saying they are utterly alike and that they think as one. Richard, Buckingham and Catesby have set up a plan to deceive the mayor and citizens into thinking Richard should be crowned king. Richard's acting powers are at their peak when he appears between two churchmen, 'see where his grace stands, '`tween two clergymen,' which portrays him as a holy man. Richard pretends not to know anything about what is happening: 'I do suspect I have done some offence That seems disgracious in the city's eye, And that you come to reprehend my ignorance.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though he is so evil, we are not made to hate him; instead, we are invited to be on his side and collude with him. At the end of the play, we do not applaud Richmond for overcoming evil and winning the battle because he is only introduced into the play later on and we never find out anything about his character. He appears to be ordinary and boring so the audience is not interested in him. Audiences are always attracted to the most wicked, attractive or intelligent personality in the play. However, as the play progresses, our view of Richard changes. Throughout the play we know that he is bad and he is doing wrong, but after the dream, before the Battle of Bosworth, we find out that he has a conscience. We are made to sympathise with him and we realize he has a heart and that he has feelings and he knows the difference between right and wrong. I think that Richard is truly an evil character, but that he does not realize the extent of what he did. His dream woke him up and brought him back to reality where he was made to face the awful crimes he had committed, even though the next day, he carries on as normal and he was not bothered his conscience. I cannot help feeling sorry for him and this is perhaps proof of his intelligence and even a certain charm. n which he uses ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Richard III section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Richard III essays

  1. Discuss The Character of Richard III as Shakespeare Presents Him, and How the Play ...

    Richard is a very cynical character. He is unforgiving and incredibly egotistical. Richard mocks Clarence as he is taken to the tower, "Simple, plain Clarence," Richard feels he superior to everyone and so insults everyone, he suggests that Clarence is stupid even though he had little way of knowing.

  2. How Genuine was the Relationship Between Richard and Buckingham?

    death as he is powerless in the situation - whatever he had said in answer to the accusations would have condemned him. It is also clear that they both seem to get a satisfaction out of plotting, confiding and working together.

  1. Richard III - provide an exploration of how Shakespeare presents appearance and reality within ...

    The work will contain further plotting and this braces the audience for further manipulation. This device measures the extent to which Richard will go to change his character. It also reveals that Richard isn't the only character that utilizes appearance and reality in the play and this reflects the amount of manipulation contained within the play.

  2. Exploration of the techniques used to foreshadow death in Richard ...

    Margaret is here warning Buckingham of Richard, however Buckingham dismisses Margaret's warning 'Nothing that I respect, my gracious lord.'1.3.294. This therefore implies that Buckingham will become subject to Richards treachery, as dramatic irony has previously been created so that the audience is aware of Richards true nature, and therefore know that Margaret's words are in fact of truth.

  1. How does Shakespeare represent female characters in Richard the third?

    Queen Margaret is also familiar with prophesying things and they come true. She is the last female character analysis. She is discussing how Richard has abused her family and made her lose out on loved ones with the Duchess of York on Line 30 act 4 scene4.

  2. 'In his depiction of Richard III Shakespeare has created much more than a simple ...

    to celebrate peace and happiness after the war, for the House of York is in power. This culminates in the god of war toning down his terrifying and brutish appearance and playing the part of the lover for the women.

  1. King Richard the Third

    My dagger, little cousin? With all my heart.' 12 Another example of the way Richard manipulates situations around to his will is the way in which the arrival of Prince Edward is manipulated so that only a small escort of men accompany him.

  2. Is Richard III a hero or a villain

    The villainous qualities he has shown are: treachery, disloyalty, jealousy, self pity, & he has shown he is false, double crossing, & power hungry. Also, to some extent he is a rebel, a non-conformist. This could be heroic or villainous, in the sense that he abides by his own rules (heroic), or that he is against society (villainous).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work