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

Richard the Third Soliloquy Analysis

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jennifer Sudwal Stucken Period 1 October 20, 2008 Richard the Third Soliloquy Analysis Richard the Third's soliloquy conveys many aspects of not only the setting but also his own thoughts and feelings. This prologue, expressed through Richard's words, explains how circumstances have become a lot better after the ending of war. Everyone is transitioning from the discomforts and sorrow of war to the merriment after victory; instead of grimly fighting enemies they now indulge in light-hearted sexually active romantic affairs. However, even though Richard desires to do so, he cannot participate in such activities because he describes himself as a person who lacks physical attractiveness. Richard blames his inability to obtain love on his deformed body and since he is not able to partake in any of the happiness those around him are experiencing, he is determined to be evil -- plotting to ruin the lives of others. He admits of causing hatred between the King and his brother Clarence, and making the King think Clarence is planning to murder him. ...read more.

Middle

Richard uses such strong negative terms in order to display his misfortune, going as far as to say that even dogs find him repulsive. This strong word usage displays his anger and resentment at his own appearance, and may explain the motivation that he has to become a villain and ruin the lives of others. In addition, he predicts Clarence will be jailed if King Edward be as true and just As [he] is subtle, false, and treacherous"(36-37). As Richard expresses his hopes, he gives the impression that he is proud of his villainous characteristics. He talks of these negative traits with such ease that it seems as if he flaunts them. Richard the Third's language shows how he despises his unattractiveness to such an extent that it prevents him from experiencing happiness, and easily transforms him into a hateful being which he becomes boastful about. Richard provides very descriptive statements that express his attitude towards certain subjects. ...read more.

Conclusion

These statements convey thoughts that are not common and are usually spoken out in anger and irrationality. However, the lack of exclamations and the resulting emotional outburst show that he is calm and seems to have put thought into his stance on this situation. The syntax provides gives his words more substance and also show that Richard has some sort of control over his feelings. Richard of Gloucester's forty-word soliloquy gives much insight into his character and state of mind. The diction and imagery both explain his extreme loathing for his appearance, and how it led him to decide to become an evil man. The descriptions explain the importance a relationship has in Richard's perspective, and why the lack of one is so detrimental to his esteem. The syntax of the passage gives his statements weight, making them seem less like spontaneous irrational feelings and more like well-thought out decisions. Combined, the diction, syntax and imagery help form a more complete picture of Richard of Gloucester. Sudwal 1 ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Porphyria's lover analysis

    4 star(s)

    This poem is written from the view of a man who loves Porphyria and we get given the impression that Porphyria is the only good thing in his life as when she walks in he says "She shut the cold out and storm She Kneeled and made the cheerless Grate"

  2. Catcher In The Rye: Holden Caulfield Character Analysis

    had this feeling that I'd never get to the other side of the street. ...Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, "Allie, don't let me disappear.

  1. Kite Runner Analysis

    because I have been told something and sworn to secrecy, which nearly drove me insane to have to not tell people. I can also correlate to the moment he says "that was the day that I became and insomniac" (p.86)

  2. Women in 'A Raisin in the Sun'

    She also expresses herself by learning and doing things that working black women don't do, like horseback riding, acting lessons, and guitar lessons. She is very opinionated and outspoken, even to her mother when she talks about her disbelief in God.

  1. Crucible analysis

    'not knowing what to say, sensing a situation, wetting her lips to stall for time". This stage direction gives the impression that Elizabeth is thinking of the best possible thing to say with a hesitation. The above paragraph describing some aspects of Act 3 is significant in terms of the

  2. Macbeth Passage Analysis

    She discusses the fact that no human person with kindness or pity would commit such an act so she proceeds to make herself inhumane as such. She uses the imagery of spirits taking all of her human kindness away from her "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,"(1.5.38-39)

  1. Cousin kate analysis

    The only good thing that came out of this was the cottage maiden had a child, 'Yet I've a gift you have not got...' and 'my fair-haired son'. Their love is described by the Cottage Maiden as being 'writ in sand'.

  2. Black Boy - How Richard has grown

    pay for necessities, Richard realizes that he can never be what his father is, a "Black Boy." Plus, due to the lack of financial support from his disloyal father, Richard and his family are forced into poverty and starvation. Through Richard's constant hungriness we see Richard's constant battle with his

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