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Introduction

Summary of Act 1 Scene 1 The first scene opens with a long soliloquy from the main character, Richard, who informs us that the country is at peace under his brother, Edward's, rule. Richard, however, finds peacetime pleasures unwelcoming, partly because he is 'is not shaped for sportive tricks' (line 16) and 'rudely stamped'' (line 14). Because he cannot find a lover, his main intention is to be a villain. To progress, he has set his elder brothers, King Edward IV and Clarence, in dispute with each other, and he expects to see Clarence imprisoned shortly. Clarence is brought under armed guard on his way to the Tower of London, where he is to be held. Richard expresses sympathy for his brother, blaming Queen Elizabeth and her family for Clarence's arrest. He promises to negotiate with Edward to get Clarence released. When his brother is led away by Brakenbury, Lord Hastings enters. ...read more.

Middle

He celebrates in his talent as a lover and ironically suggests that he is a normal man after all. Scene 3 Elizabeth's brother, Lord Rivers, and her son by her first marriage, Lord Grey, attempt to comfort the queen, but she is concerned about the fate of her family if Edward dies. Richard is to be recognised as Protector, and she knows that he is her enemy. Buckingham and Stanley have been visiting Edward, who is in good spirit, despite his poor health. Elizabeth's heart remains heavy; she cannot bring herself to believe that a settlement is really possible. Richard bursts in complaining that he has been distorted by the 'lewd complaints' (line 61) of the queen. He is resentful about the progression of her relations. He accuses Richard of having Clarence and Hastings imprisoned and insults her. While Elizabeth and Richard quarrel, Queen Margaret enters. She reminds everyone of Richard's crimes, interrupting the argument to condemn the people who were responsible for overthrowing her husband, Henry VI. ...read more.

Conclusion

By this point, the second murderer has found his courage, claiming that conscience makes men cowards. The two men decide to drag Clarence into the next room and drown him in a butt of malmsey. Their victim wakes up. The murderers hesitate but Clarence guesses why they have come. He urges them not to kill him because it is unlawful, and because murder is a sin. The murderers remind Clarence of the crimes he committed during the war. When Clarence tells them to go to his brother Richard, who, he says, will reward them for saving his life, the murderers tell him the truth that it was not Edward but Richard who sent them to kill him. Again, Clarence urges the murderers to give in and save their souls, but it is too late. He is stabbed and dragged out by the first murderer. The second murderer is full of remorse; the first knows that he will not be safe when Clarence's death is discovered. When he has buried the corpse and collected his reward, he will flee. Mithun rama 10dha English homework miss. christie ...read more.

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