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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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