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Richard III coursework

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Introduction

Richard III - Coursework piece Richard III was first created by Shakespeare in order to impress Queen Elizabeth I. He wrote the play in 1597 and it was firstly performed in 1600. His intention was to please Elizabeth I, portraying Richard as a villain and despot. The play shows how Richard murdered his own brother, locked his nephews in the tower and married a widow whom he hated just to become King. He is also known to be the only King of England who didn't have a tomb as Henry VIII ordered for his tomb to be dug up and his bones to be thrown away. Having removed any possible threat to his power, Richard has to persuade the general public to support him, and he uses his friend Buckingham to be his spin doctor, putting a positive light on everything he does. Act 3 Scene 7 is one of the most important in the play, as in this scene, Richard is named King, thanks to Buckingham. At the start of the scene, Richard and Buckingham enter, gossiping. ...read more.

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Following this pattern three times and using powerful images to compare Richard and Edward makes for very persuasive rhetoric. After persuading the mayor, Buckingham's next step is to 'persuade' Richard. Buckingham claims there are many reasons why Richard should become King. He mentions "the lineal glory of your royal house" which reminds the citizens and Richard that the thrown was retained by Richard's ancestors until now. Buckingham begs Richard to accept the thrown and "recure" England after being destroyed at the hands of Edward and Elizabeth Woodville, whose face he describes as being "deformed with scars of infamy." In this part of the scene Buckingham's advice to Richard is successful and he uses his spin doctor's powers to persuade the mayor and the citizens. The citizens and the mayor try to convince Richard to become king. But he states that he is not good enough to be converted into an heir. He uses a metaphor of a ship sailing a great and stormy ocean: "Being a bark to brook no mighty sea." Richard debates whether to be silent or angry at the mayors' offer and states how each reaction might be misinterpreted wrongly. ...read more.

Conclusion

This way he is hinting that it is time to accept. He then informs the citizens that it is time to leave. Richard realizes that if the citizens leave, he will not have another opportunity. He quickly calls them back and accepts the offer. After Richard finally accepts, he continues displaying mock modesty. He warns the citizens that if anything happens, he is free of blame: "But if black scandal or foul-faced reproach Attend the sequel of your imposition, Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me From all the impure blots and stains thereof." This is an example of church vs. State. Richard wanted to be king therefore he did all sort of things to become one, although in those times, it was believed that god chose the heir of the thrown. I think that there are still examples of spin doctors and despots nowadays. Many politicians have their own spin doctors which guide them to success. I believe this is a great example on how they both react the same way and how they both coincide on hating the same people. Also, when they want to hint each other something in public (e.g. in this case, Buckingham hints Richard that he is going too far by refusing.) ?? ?? ?? ?? Hind Kaddoura 1 ...read more.

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