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

Is Richard the Hero of the play or its villain

Extracts from this document...


English Essay Q: Is Richard the Hero of the play or its villain In the play Richard could be considered as the hero and also the villain however as the play develops we find out that he is mainly the villain, but he does have some appealing/heroic aspects to him. In the first scene that we read in the play we see Richard and the soliloquy, in this soliloquy Richard becomes a self confessed villain and says "And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover to entertain the fair well spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain" with him saying this we automatically think that he is the villain and will be up causing disruption between the people in the play, Richard does this because he is deformed and nobody will be liking him much because of his deformity and evilness. In the opening soliloquy we find out that Richard is deformed "unless to see my shadow in the sun and descant upon my own deformity", in the times in which this play was written the audience find that any form of deformity ...read more.


Also in this scene we see Richard ordering the villainous act of ordering his own brother's death in the tower. In the tower, Clarence is talking to the keeper about his dream that he had of him being on a boat trying to escape, he then gets struck overboard by Richard, and this is the same as seeing into the future because it is Richard who has killed him. Clarence also tells him about his soul going to hell where he gets accused of killing prince Edward who he killed but had never confessed. Richards' partner in crime is Hastings, but Richard is only using him to get to the top, Hastings knows about all of the killings and everything Richard has plotted and has accomplished. Hastings thinks that Richard needs him more than he needs Richard, but he is wrong because Richard does not really mind if he has Hastings or not because in the end he kills him and reaches the top. Richard also places Rivers Grey and Vaughn to death because he sees them as a threat to Richard. ...read more.


kings, and king Herod orders the death of all the children in the town because Jesus is going to become king and Herald does not want to lose his place as king. Children are a sign of innocence and purity. The first 3 acts in this play show Richard starting of as just a member of the royal family but then deceiving people to be on his side against his family and friends to deceive his way to the top of the world, Richard is the most deceiving person and best ever actor because of the amount of people he has manipulated, Richard starts off like this but then during acts 4 and 5 he starts to lose his grip and people start to realize the true villain within him. In the battle between Richmond and Richard, there is completely different atmosphere between the two sides because on one side, Richmond is calm and relaxed and is sure o win, but on the other side Richard is scared and is spying on his own side to see if they are going to betray him or not. ...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. Is Richard III a hero or a villain

    However, he perhaps loses sympathy, & shows villainous qualities in the following part of the soliloquy "Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous...as I am subtle, false, treacherous" (lines 32-37 act 1 scene 1). He admits he possesses villainous qualities of being subtle, false & treacherous.

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

    Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them Words such as 'rudely stamp'd', 'deform'd' and 'unfinished' show that Richard does know the extent of his looks and physical deformities.

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

    recent war and to the peace which Edward's victory produced, "Now if the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York" Richard likens the bitterness and suffering to a winter which has now been turned into 'glorious summer' by Edward the son of York.

  2. This excerpt is taken from the very first act of Shakespeare's play 'Richard III', ...

    Shakespeare lived and worked under the tenure of Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudor monarchs, thus he was predisposed to represent Richard as a wicked person or risk the wrath of his sovereign. He also researched his play using sources from the Tudor period; therefore he was biased against

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

    This statement is very ironic as he is effectively cursing himself and sealing his own fate. This speech states that, if Buckingham ever does any wrong towards the Queen or her family, then he should be punished by being deceived in a false friendship-which is exactly what happens later in the play.

  2. 'Dangerously alluring', to what extent is this an accurate estimation of Richards Character?

    His disingenuous tactics prove advantageous as slowly but surely she calm, falling a prey to his deception. Allowing Richard time to speak is a fatal error as she lets her guard down and becomes susceptible to his lies. At one point he gauges that he has turned her mind from

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