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

Richard III essay

Extracts from this document...


Kris S. Mahendrarajah Mr. Persaud ENG2D7-1A 04 April 2007 Richard III by William Shakespeare: Essay Assignment Is Richard totally evil or does he have any admirable qualities? The philosophy of Richard's life was to pursue the art of evil, for his own pleasures and advantages. His rejection from society due to his physical deformity causes Richard to practice villainy and devastate the general public. Due to the fact he cannot appreciate the simple pleasures of life, he is determined to place himself above all others and implant a greater impression on the citizens' minds. Despite the fact that Shakespeare portrays Richard as a vile and cunning villain, he has some commendable qualities. Richard's wicked character is masked by his emotional monologues, ambition to accomplish his goals, and remarkable power of persuasion to seduce those who become a necessity with his enhanced wordplay. The aura he creates about his apparent "good-natured" personality with those personas makes readers almost forget about his hateful mission and admire how Richard goes about on his way. The paradox supports the "appearance vs. reality" theme that dominates the play, and confuses the audience whether Richard III is the villain or hero. ...read more.


Without ambition to motivate Richard to accomplish his goals, they would surely have not gone according to plan. As the play progresses, the extent of Richard's evil ways becomes more identifiable as the fog begins to clear. His ambition was a result of his twisted and sadistic mind, hungry for power and control. Richard challenged himself to the task of overthrowing all the rightful heirs to the throne, in order for him to secure the throne for himself. Also, he is ambitious in the sense that it blinded him from the importance of humanity. In order for Richard to become King, he had the obstacle of his own family. His resent for the happiness around him caused him to become more malicious as he slowly attained his "dream". Richard must execute Clarence after his ailing brother King Edward dies; hence he will become the Lord Protector for the Kings' children. Therefore, nobody could accuse him for both murders. " Well your imprisonment shall not be long: I will deliver you, or else lie for you. Meantime, have patience." (Act I, Sc.I, lines 114-116) Richard comforts Clarence that his stay in the Tower of London will not be long. Clarence believes his brother will to do anything in his power to get him out. ...read more.


"My manly eyes did scorn a humble tear; And what these sorrows could not thence exhale, Thy beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping. I never sued to friend nor enemy: My tongue could never learn sweet smoothing word; But now thy beauty is propos'd my fee, My proud heat sues, and prompts my tongue to speak." (Act II, Sc. II, lines 168-174) "Nay, do not pause, for I did kill King Henry-- But 'twas thy beauty that provoked me. Nay, now dispatch: 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward- But 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on." (Act II, Sc. II, lines 183-187) Richard had successfully courted Anne and would strengthen his claim to the throne with their marriage. The audience cannot resist the temptation to appreciate Richard's manipulation techniques, for they know the truth behind his intentions. Richard's portrayal is the ideal depiction of a cunning and despicable villain; conversely, the amount of sympathy and pity received from the audience is well deserved. His astounding monologues, blinding ambition, and most predominantly the manipulation and control with his skill of words are a force to be reckoned with. These aspects allowed Richard to achieve his goals deserve the praise and respect given by the audience. Richard is indeed an atrocious villain, but he does possess some venerable qualities that are used with skill. Mahendrarajah - 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 International Baccalaureate World Literature 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 International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. 100 plus maketing plan

    to recoup development costs quickly and it also brings a certain prestige to the product. (Source netmba.com) Product development: It begins when the company finds and develops a new product idea. During product development, sales are zero and the company's investment costs mount.

  2. Extended Essay

    izlenimleri ve verdigi m�cadeleyi dogrudan roman kahramaninin cinsiyetine yansitmis ve taraf oldugunu da aslinda bu se�imi ile g�stermistir. Erkek egemenliginin rol model sayildigi toplumlarda sosyal bir sinifta yer edinebilmek i�in kadinin �ncelikle "saygin bir adamin karisi" olmasi beklenir. Bu d�nemde toplumsal yasamda bir �styapi kurumu olan "ahlak" anlayisi ile kusatilmis anneler de kizlarini bu dogrultuda yetistirmek istemislerdir.

  1. Comparative Essay Heart of Darkness vs Apocalyspe Now

    that Marlow expected of him had his humanity and intellect been intact. Indeed, the first piece of dialogue that Kurtz has is during one of his bouts of sickness, and he shows his intellect by seeing through the facade of the manager and divining the true purpose of his journey ("Save me!

  2. Phillip K. Dick Essay

    It was his first published novel. However, he was rather depressed about it and embarrassed that his first published novel was an Ace Paperback original, and sci-fi on top of that. (Behrens/Ruch) Dick devoted the next few years to trying to enter mainstream fiction, finishing almost ten novels by 1960.

  1. The Course of Justice . The Role of Women in William ...

    Eventually she realizes how mislead she was in believing that there was a trace of good in such an evil man. When Anne is first encountered, she is mourning over the casket of the "poor key-cold figure of a holy king" (I, ii, 5)

  2. Shakespeare, Richard II: analysis of Richard as a king

    And subsequently, he loses the confidence of his people. Moreover, obstinate as he is, Richard will refuse to listen to the solid advice of Gaunt and continues to make bad decisions which will lead to his downfall. Some of these decisions are that, at the beginning of the play, he

  1. To what extent was President Richard Nixon responsible in the Watergate scandal in 1972-1974?

    hoisting with the petard of the nation based on equality and integrity. The truth came to light with the apparition of this sinister scandal in 1972 when a gang of 5 men, colligated to the Watergate Seven, were apprehended in the Democratic National Committees (DNC)

  2. Effect of PTSD in Dave Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    However, this barrier is crossed with the creation of the novel. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an emotive novel; the narrator is fully aware of his emotion after his parents? untimely death. Before the novel though, continuous self-blame was the key to keeping Eggers from failure.

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