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King Richard III, how significant is act 3 scene 7 to the play as a whole?

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King Richard III How significant is act 3 scene 7 to the play as a whole? You should take in account: Character: presentation and relationships Themes: conscience, appearance Stage craft: role play, play within a play Language: rhetoric, irony and juxtapositioning Audience response: characters, morality play. Context: Shakespeare's portrayal of Richards's kingship and Tudor myth. Introduction King Richard was set in Elizabethan era. In this period of time the War of the Roses was fought. It was a war fought for 32 years in 1455 to 1487, during the Tudor dynasty. The war of the roses had been fought against the two royal families known as the house of York and the house of Lancaster. Richard was apart of the York house and wanted kingship. Richard III is the final play of a cycle of eight plays that William Shakespeare wrote during the struggle for the crown during 1398 - 1485. ...read more.


This shows that Richard would be able to manipulate people and persuade people to do what he wants and as he is smarter then most people. Act 3 scene 7 sees Richard as an actor, acting that he doesn't want the crown. But Buckingham and Richard actuality do want it they are only pretending not to. Either side of Richard are two holy men. This would symbolise that Richard is religious helping to persuade the nobles that Richard would be the right king as Buckingham describes that he has a conscience and knows wrong from right, Richards true motive is that he wants to be come king and rule by himself. But needs the help of specific people i.e. Buckingham. An example of this is that he needs Buckingham's help to persuade the public why Richard should be king. ...read more.


When Richard later becomes king Buckingham fears for his life, especially when he says he needs to think about killing the prices as Richard starts to ignore him. Elizabeth 1st would have presented Richard as a bad person. This is because of Tudor Myth. Richard was a Yorkist and she was a Lancasterian. Rumours made about Richard to ruin his reputation, and make him look evil and as a bad person. As they were both from different houses they did not like each other. There is actually littlie evidence to prove Richard committed the crimes hence to name Tudor myth. Richard was said to be deformed however this evidence was never proved. It was said that visual deformity had shaped people liking him. With such vague information on Richard many people believed and had shown Richard deformed and inferior. Themes In Act 3 scene 7 many types of themes are taken into account such as conscience, appearance and reality. These three terms are mainly used. ...read more.

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