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In the first two scenes of the play, Richard III is perceived in many different ways. Shakespeare creates a good basis on which to make the audience believe different aspects of Richardss character

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Richard in this play is perceived to be crude, ugly and bad because Shakespeare wants to please the current Queen of England because she is a direct descendant of Prince Edward. Lying about Richard would please the Queen. In the first two scenes of the play, Richard III is perceived in many different ways. Shakespeare creates a good basis on which to make the audience believe different aspects of Richards's character e.g. using Richards's horrid deformity. In this play Richard is shown to be clever and witty, but also evil and corrupted. In the following essay, I will be showing the character of Richard in scene one and two of act one. When Shakespeare wrote scene one he includes puns, metaphors and similes to make Richards's appearance seem cunning and well planned. ...read more.


Notice that in these two quotes, the repetition of "I" is used for dramatic effect. On the following page Richard is ironic and sarcastic when he speaks to his arrested Brother George. Richard acts innocent but it is Richards fault George is imprisoned. Richard then tries to blame the Queen for the arrest"tis he that tempers him to hi extremity." Richard then accuses Brakenbury of adultery with mistress Shore, as a joke, to stop Brakenbury for reporting what Richard had said in the next scene Richard is with Anne and the corpse of her husband. Richard is clever with words. And has a quick Richard uses clever speech and charm to coax Anne into agreeing to marry him. This shows that, in mind, Richard is very strong. ...read more.


When Elizabeth mentions Clarence, not knowing that he is dead, Richard pretends to be outraged. This shows that Richard is using false rage to cover up what he has done, the others including the king believe this. Richard says that Elizabeth's family looked pale when they heard of the death Clarence, and implies that they are the ones to blame for the murder, " how that the guilty kindred of the queen looked pale when they did hear of Clarence death?" In scene 2 of act 2 Richard offers to take charge and protect the Duchess of York grandchildren. But secretly Richard plans to kill them. This shows that Richard uses kindness to hide his true intentions. In these two acts of the play Richard is portrayed in many way to show he was an evil but clever man. Shakespeare uses clever speech to show Richards character and creates an effective impression of Richard on the audience. ...read more.

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