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Trace the Development of Richard of Gloucester's Character and Political Ambitions. The character of Richard of Gloucester changes greatly throughout the course of Henry VI part Three. He grows more selfish, and his political ideas become twisted with the thought of himself becoming monarch. At the beginning of the play, Richard is very much in support of his father the Duke of York. He sits with his father at the throne which they have captured and defends his brothers and father. Throughout the play he is a murderous character. In his speech in act three, scene two, starting on line 124, Richard speaks of empowering himself on the throne and killing off not only his enemies, but everyone who stands between him and the crown. At the start of the speech he talks about his plan as if it is a distant fantasy that he knows he cannot complete, referring to "the crown, being so far off," but by the end of the speech he is convinced that he will do it, or at least die trying, with ...read more.


This clearly shows that if he does not get the crown, he will kill everyone who ever stood in his way until he is free of their constraints on his mission. Richard's anger increases as he compares himself to powerful characters in history and mythology "I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall; I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk; I'll play the orator as well as Nestor; Deceive more slyly than Ulysses did' etc By the end of the speech it is clear that Richard's only goal is the crown. In the speech in act five, scene six, starting on line 61, Richard's growing madness is evident. He repeatedly stabs Henry and shouts after him "Down, down to hell and say I sent ye thither,". Henry clearly feels the need to prove himself as a boastful killer. These words could mean the he is so ruthless that the devil should fear his name. There is a clear stress on the I, and in the next lines he defines himself as someone that has "neither pity, love or fear" showing that he is a very egotistical person. ...read more.


But I will sort a pitchy day for thee; For I will buzz abroad such prophesies That Edward shall be fearful of his life, And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death.' This shows that Henry plans to spread rumours about Clarence betraying the house of York. 'The light' is the crown, and is described in this way by the Yorkists throughout the play. Since Clarence has already been disloyal to York, it will not be too hard for Richard to convince King Edward of his treachery. Then Richard will kill Clarence and the king will see it as a favour. Richard then goes on to say, "Clarence, thy turn is next, and then the rest,/ counting myself but bad till I be best", Showing that nothing in his way will stop him from the crown. Richard of Gloucester clearly gets angrier and worked up about hid physical deformities as they play progresses, however this fuels his ambition to gain the crown. By the end of the play Richard of Gloucester is poised to carry out his plan and take the English crown from his enemies. ...read more.

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