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Why does the audience admire Richard III and feel sympathy based on the opening soliloquy?

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Why does the audience admire Richard III and feel sympathy based on the opening soliloquy? In this essay, I will try to explain the reasons why the audience feels admiration and has a sense of sympathy toward Richard III despite his tyranny and evil intentions based on the opening soliloquy. We will also asses the social, philosophical and historical context in order to explain why the audience may or may not feel admiration and a sense of sympathy toward Richard III. Richard should be admired for his bravery firstly. If we look at the historical context, we find that Richard had just won a war against the Lancastrians to give his family the crown. In the beginning of the soliloquy some of the audience would maybe get the idea, that Richard must be quite a firm person, who interested in the desires of life, such as 'sportive tricks'. This is as everyone else is indulging deep into their 'sportive tricks', and despite the ' lascivious pleasing of a lute' it doesn't seem to interest him. This may draw both audiences to feel admiration for him due his maturity. This would be taken out of context, as when we read on we find that this is what he wants. He wants indulge in these 'sportive tricks'; but the he cannot as he describes himself with many adjectives and emotive phrases like 'cheated of feature by dissembling nature, deformed, unfinished, sent before my time'. ...read more.

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Furthermore, I'd like to put emphasis on why the modern audience would empathize with Richard. We find him making a contrast in the soliloquy between those who do not suffer deformity as he does when he says 'he capers nimbly in a lady's chamber, to the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I am not shap'd for sportive tricks'. This verse is implying everyone is being naughty as word 'nimbly' implies, but he cannot indulge in the 'sportive tricks', which are the sexual games. Some members of the contemporary audience would feel sorrow towards Richard due to his sexual frustration and his inability to fulfil his sexual desires but others would feel it was his own fault, and the problems that he has are self-inflicted, (due to his sins as the philosophical context shows). However most of the modern audience would definitely feel great pity for Richard, this is as he can hear everyone having fun indulging in their 'sportive tricks', enjoying themselves and Richard, has no one to enjoy himself with. Richard makes the reader feel sympathy for him by creating imagery in their minds as he describes not only his outer sense of listening but the inner sense of his feeling. The outer sense that makes us the contemporary audience feel very sorry for him as he says, 'lascivious pleasing of a lute'. ...read more.

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We can see his naughty but also cruel type of behaviour when says, 'plots have I laid, inductions dangerous' for us the modern and contemporary audience this is something for which Richard is quite admired. This is, as people nowadays like to watch arguments and bickering within families as they find funny. An example may be shown through certain soaps as well as Sitcom's on and many people watch them as they find amusing. We as human race like to watch quarrelling, and gruesome fighting. As even in the Elizabethan times, people would go out to watch beheadings and it was almost like a day out for them, whereby they would have picnics. Overall Richard has many problems regarding his disability. His problems begin when he cannot even play sports and cannot fulfil his sexual desires. However, he is an evil person who seems to have no value for human life and that is when both types of audience cannot feel sympathy, as the sanctity of life is priceless. Richard may be admired for his bravery but I believe everyone will loose respect for someone who takes life especially of his own just for power. Nonetheless, we cannot help feeling sympathy for Richard, where his deformity prevents him enjoying life. In my view, Richard should have the right to enjoy life ant it saddens me say that he enjoys life through killing mercilessly and he certainly does prove to be a villain as he says 'I am determined to prove a villain'. ...read more.

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