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

Richard lll: Can Richard's behaviour be justified?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Richard lll: Can Richard's behaviour be justified? By Dominique Baptiste Richard's behaviour cannot be justified. Justifying behaviour is making sure his behaviour is morally correct. His behaviour may not be justified, however it can be understood. There are many reasons why his behaviour in the play is atrocious, many of which are psychological. In the Elizabethan era, mental illness was not seen as a socially excepted thing. Mental illness was not understood nor was it known of. In this play by Shakespeare it shows Richard's depression and anxiety which has caused him distress. Richard lll can be compared to Hitler, he wants people to listen to him and wants to be in control and Hitler was compared to the devil, just like Richard had been compared to, "his hell-governed arm hath butchered!". His mind set in the play is quite similar to Hitler's. He wants to be in charge and he wants everyone to obey him. ...read more.

Middle

Richard charms and manipulates Anne and then breaks her heart. Another symptom is "total self centeredness, incapacity for real love and attachment". Richard only marries Anne to prove that he is capable of attracting a lady, "I'll have her, but I will not keep her long". Richard is portrayed as having personality disorders. He is every stressed. Stress is caused by anxiety. His anxiety could be caused by the change in responsibilities or family problems. His mental health is also an issue, psychologist claim that our dreams portray and explain our lives and our subconscious and our unconscious mind. "In thy foul throat li'st! Queen Margaret saw thy murderous falchion smoking In his blood; the which thou once didst bend against her breast, but that thy Brother beat side the point". This shows the family problems that Richard has had when he tried to kill his mother with a sword and his brothers had to pull him away. ...read more.

Conclusion

He realises that she is in a vulnerable and defenceless state and takes full advantage of this. Richard also has an above average intelligence, which means he is always at an advantage. Richard is portrayed as a self obsessed character, throughout the play he reveals his self obsessed personality. He shows that he cannot rely or trust anyone else but himself, " there is no creature that loves me". In one of Richard's last soliloquies after all the ghost of Richard's conscious visit him through his dreams there is a constant repetition of "I". This shows that he does only think of himself "alack, I love myself". Richard plays the concerned uncle when Clarence is killed. He deceives his nephews who are convinced that Richard is their "good uncle Glouchester". Richard fools the young prince in to going to the tower for his own good. He even makes young Prince Edward feel as though he has the power and Richard s just simply helping him "where it seems best unto your royal self". Richard uses his witty dialogue to hide his feelings. "I know none, and therefore am no beast." ...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. What is significant about the way David Hare ends "Skylight"?

    his guilt, and yet he still continues to blame everything but himself. (pg.46) Tom: 'I spent a great deal of money...I gave her everything...And then of course being Alice, she began to withdraw. Gardening! Sewing...All those feminine things. The effect?

  2. Shakespeare's presentation of the character of Richard III

    Being a bark to brook no mighty sea, Than in my greatness covet to be hid' In these lines Richard argues that he has so many defects that are so large. He continues by saying that he would rather hide himself from his own greatness and then compares himself to a ship 'bark' which is unfit for sea travel.

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

    took the throne, thus indeed it may well have been perfectly valid, meaning that Richard was not really the usurper he is said to be. However this does not clear Richard of guilt in the alleged case of his nephews' death.

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

    Again, we see in the last two lines of this that Richard adds some ambiguity that only the really observant people, like him, would spot. 'G' stands for, one would first think, George Duke of Clarence. Everyone thought it was that but think harder and it can also stand for Richard Duke of Gloucester.

  1. What were the reasons behind Harold's visit to Normandy and How was the Visit ...

    treatment of Godwin and merely offered the hostages and delivered the false claim in the hoping that when William went to Britain for his kinship he would be reinstated as Archbishop of Canterbury. A controversial debate however would not be a debate if there wasn't any little less convincing stories which added to the confusion of the event.

  2. How does Shakespeare reveal Richard III's characteristics and skills to be both repulsive and ...

    The words, "sent before my time", tells the audience that Richard was sent to Earth before he was ready, which in fact is true, Richard was born premature. All of a sudden, Richard switches from pitying himself to becoming angry, "since I cannot prove a lower...

  1. How does our opinion of Richard alter throughout the first 3 scenes of Shakespeares

    Obviously, at the time when the play had just been written and performed, Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. As a descendent from the Lancastrian line, the portrayal of the Yorkists becomes almost derogatory because it would portray the Queen's family in a positive light.

  2. In 'Richard III', how is it that we can be so interested in Richard, ...

    In this way, his determination may appeal to the audience. These points enable the audience to identify with Richard's character and we are invited to collude with him and enter his mind. He addresses the audience and confides in us so we feel that we are a part of his plots.

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