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  1. Richard III Empathetic Essay

    His reaction was short and cold, his lips showed no emotion but his eyes communicated his true feelings. From the way he stared I could tell he was slightly in shock, and more or less disappointed to be discouraged by even his own mother. "You speak too bitterly," he told me, yet I am reluctant to feel guilty about my curse towards my own son. It was his devilish deeds that provoked me to do so, and I feel for once I have projected some righteousness in my third son. Was I supposed to feel guilty and responsible for my heinous son?

    • Word count: 923
  2. Richard III-Buckingham Act 3

    Buckingham employs the use of sibilance in Act 3 Scene 1 to befriend the prince of York. Buckingham uses the words, ', since succeeding' after York expresses his concern in staying at the Tower. The use of sibilance give the speech a light and soft feeling and as Buckingham is talking about the Tower, it also obtains a gentle atmosphere further reassuring the prince that the Tower is a welcoming place to be. Furthermore, this is emphasized by the comma before 'since', isolating the sibilance, making it stand out from the rest of the sentence.

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  3. Richard - monster vs empathy

    He exaggerates his "withered arm", a deformity which he continually tells us, not only in the opening soliloquy but throughout the play, causes him to be an outcast. Furthermore, he expresses how his deformity renders him unloved, and that because he "cannot prove to be a lover" like his handsome brother King Edward, he is "determined to prove a villain". He justifies the villainous actions he is to commit throughout the play by allowing the audience to pity him in the opening scene.

    • Word count: 790
  4. Richard vs Richmond

    "Flanders field" arouses the memories of fallen friends and family members within the minds of men throughout the land, persuading and coercing them to join the ranks with many others. 3. The first poem "Fall In" is attempting to recruit young men to the forces by using what could be assumed as a sort of blackmail tactic. One can only assume that at the time of its publication the words found within its verses would have struck several chords in the hearts of the audience of young men, no doubt accomplishing its task; relying heavily on planting the seed of

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  5. Is Richard III a Machiavellian character and does he ultimately benefit from this?

    He does this by creating a completely bogus prophecy that the person who will kill the King, their name will start with the letter "G". As Clarence's name (George) starts with a "G" Edward has no choice but to send Clarence to the tower of London. The making of this rumour shows great expediency and cunning, not to mention dishonesty. After a little bit of a push in the right direction from Richard, Edward IV sends out an execution order for Clarence.

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  6. Empathy - Night of Buckinghams death

    This man I speak of - is the man who I have been assisting throughout his assault, a man who I now realise is a villain - a cold hearted, inexorable, ruthless villain! This man I speak of is Richard, the person who has wished upon my death for a task that my conscience shall never permit me to pursue - a task that would cause such upset towards his family and my beloved country that I could no longer bare to face the endeavours of life.

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  7. Richard III In act 1 scene 2, Richard is put to the test of making Anne agree to marry him. This would prove difficult, as Richard has killed Annes husband and father-in-law.

    "Nay, do not pause: for I did kill King Henry-but 'twas thy beauty that provokes me. Nay, now dispatch 'twas I that stabbed young Edward - but 'twas thy heavenly face that set me on". This speech from Richard puts Anne in a very difficult position. She ha a sword in her hand, and he is in a vulnerable position. Anne knows he is a murderer and will feel petrified. This is how he manipulates her, Throughout the scene, there is a certain stichomythia. Where Anne makes fun of Richard and then Richard instantly responds about her beauty.

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  8. How does Richard try to persuade Lady Anne to marry him?

    Furthermore, Richard uses rhetoric language to try to persuade Lady Anne to marry him. In the first extract he uses antithesis, 'more wonderful when angels are so angry.' However in the second extract Richard and Anne both use emotional blackmail, 'thine eyes, sweet lady, have infected mine,' for her 'would they were basilisks', to strike thee dead.' Richard's usage of antithesis makes Anne feel less certain or confused about Richard. However his ability to rhetorically persuade Lady Anne exposes one of the ways he is able to convince her to marry him.

    • Word count: 609
  9. Richard the third act 2 scene 2 Elizabeth diary entery

    Today I watched my nephew and neice suffer the same blow that I have, and as their aunt I could give them no comfort, for I was so overwhelmed by the death. For this, I feel terrible and a failure to my family. One thing that shocked me at first was the sorrow in which my mother in law, the Duchess, was besieged with. She was the saddest of all of us, for she had two of her sons taken away from her by death and the murderous hand of Richard.

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  10. edward sciccorhands review

    While hearing slow and classical music to represent the difference in feeling from confused to happy and admiration. Burton mixes classic fairytale themes to create an original and touching character in Edward. Taken from his gothic castle to a colourful and romanticized suburban neighborhood he changes the lives of the town's people forever. The first half of the film is very funny, full of subtle physical comedy and gentle satire on suburban life. Edward brings his artistic skill to the town and the people almost ignore his creepy, weird and disturbed appearance.

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  11. In the first two scenes of the play, Richard III is perceived in many different ways. Shakespeare creates a good basis on which to make the audience believe different aspects of Richardss character

    A few examples of this are, "now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious by this son of York" Richard is the discontent, meaning that this will be Richards's winter but it is spoilt by Edward. This is a good indication that Richard will do something significant in the play, it is as if he is plotting and scheming. " Made glorious summer by this son of York," an obvious but clever pun on "son." The son is Edward of York and also the king.

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  12. Why did Richard III take the throne in 1483, and why did he lose it in 1485?

    Richard now claimed the throne for himself. To avoid all implications Richard had Prince Edward and his younger brother, Richard, taken into custody. It is believed that he arranged to have both of the killed in the tower of London. "There has been a great deal of speculation about the fate of the two young sons of Edward, 'the Princes in the Tower', neither of whom was seen alive again." Source: Henry VII third edition. Richard was also able to take the throne by striking a friend ship with the Duke of Buckingham who was seen as very powerful.

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  13. Close Analysis Of Richard 3rd's Attitude Towards Women

    Perhaps there is a reason for Richards dis-interest. In his opening speech he also tells the audience about his deformities. It is possible that maybe Richard puts up a barrier to women to avoid rejection, getting hurt, as he feels they won't love him due to his deformities. He perhaps feels he is at a disadvantage to other men, which is why he shames them, perhaps it is even jealousy. We know of his down glance on men who fall for women, and of his self pity, as earlier in his speech he claims ''He capers nimbly in a ladys chamber, To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.

    • Word count: 944
  14. personal creative coursework

    and he would meet me at the train station later.(Richard is a chubby boy and gets wound up when people talk about his weight). I was walking to the train station and checked the time, I saw that we were going to be late so I started to run .I saw Richard and told him to hurry up as usual he was eating. He started to run and as I looked around I saw people from my school with a look of shock on their face they have never seen him run before.

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  15. An analysis of the opening sequence of Pretty Woman written for an A level media studies book

    It is preceded by the name of the company which produced the motion picture, Touchstone pictures. The opening shot is a close up of 3 palms which all have what seems to be money and the first words uttered in the entire movie are "It's all about the money." Straight away the theme of money is established. The camera then zooms out and follows Edward's lawyer Philip. Philip begins to suck up all the glory for the party. The viewer can already notice even after a few seconds that he is going to be a very devious and selfish character.

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  16. How Might the Audience feel about Richard at the end of Act 2

    Most of what Richard says at the start of the play, Has something linking to it: because Richard is deformed, he cannot be loved; because he cannot be loved, he must be a villain; because he must be a villain, he will stop at nothing for the throne. These excuses basically show that he is hiding the fact that he wants to play a 'Bad' character. As he is becoming more successful towards the throne, He is starting to enjoy it.

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  17. How Far Is Richard III A Hero?

    This would therefore suggest that he his heroic as he has led his side to victory. When saying 'I, that am rudely stamp'd and want love's majesty' (1, 1, 126) Richard gains sympathy from the audience as he is saying that he was badly made and doesn't have the looks to gain love from a woman, unlike others who can enjoy 'sportive tricks'(1, 1, 14). The audiences sympathy for Richard is also enhanced when he mentions' that so lamely and unfashionable that dogs bark at me'(1, 1, 23). The way in which he talks about his victories and uses the pronoun 'our' before 'I' pushes the audience to look upon him as a hero, as we are learning that he has fought amongst others to gain victory for his country, before then learning about his faults.

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  18. The story "Killings" by Andre Dubus is about a man named Matt and his love for his son Frank. He is upset because his son has been killed by a man called Richard. Matt's wife, older son

    Once Matt tells his friend Willis "Ruth sees him too much. She was at sunny Hurst today getting cigarettes and aspirins and there he was. She can't even go out anymore. It is killing her" (90). This explains how much of pressure he is under to avenge his son's death. This leads him to kill Richard even though he does not really want to kill him Another one of the reasons for Matt's action is that Matt's older son Steve wants to kill Richard.

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  19. In Richard Wright's short story,

    Families, such as Dave's, were challenged with the realities of poverty, and emotional conflicts. In Richard Wright's short story, "The Man Who Was Almost A Man," the protagonist's opinions regarding his manhood differ from his mothers. Those disputed opinions about personal experience, competence, and emotional reactions show significant differences when compared.

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  20. The pre 1914 novel I have chosen to write about is The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

    As it happened the son of King Edward longed for a life of freedom and normality. Tom Chanty met the prince, when a palace guard pushed him down, the prince didn't think that was how his subjects should be treated and he was invited in. The prince decided that they should change roles, they realised that they looked alike, and that is how the story began. They both had different experiences; Tom was astounded by the busy life and the grandeur at the palace. While Edward had no shoes, and had to walk on the bare ground, people thought he was going crazy, because this poor beggar boy claimed to be prince.

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  21. Edward Scissorhands - Use of Allusion and Symbolism

    The use of allusion in Edward Scissorhands is one of the most important choices in production that has been made by director Tim Burton. In order to fully appreciate and understand the plot, the movie is dependant on the audience being able to recognise certain references and elements emulated from other films. Edward Scissorhands is especially reminiscent of the themes and concepts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which is also based around the isolation, introduction and persecution of a man-made individual into a community.

    • Word count: 867
  22. Essay - 'The Devil's Disciple' by George Bernard Shaw

    During the scene Mrs Dudgeon had told Judith to "never mind" Essie, and says "You know who she is and what she is" reminding Judith that Essie's is an illegitimate child. Judith who was trying to fulfill her responsibilities of being the minister's wife shows sympathy by - "Patronizing Essie" by explaining to her, "you must not mind if your aunt is strict with you. She is a very good woman, and desires your good too." But as Essie replies in "listless misery..."

    • Word count: 738
  23. Explore the presentation of Richard, Duke of Gloucester in Shakespeare's Richard III:

    "And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber" when he says this (if you are reading the text) I found that it came across as if he was being quite resentful and irritated by this fact. This intrigues the imagination to think of possible reasons as to why he may feel like this, he then goes onto say: "nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty......

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    From this treaty, Edward received 75,000 crowns and then an annual pension of 50,000 crowns. This greatly contributed to Edward's solvency and also meant he no longer needed substantial grants from parliament. Also, as part of the treaty, the King of France's son was to marry Edward's daughter, so Edward had also ensured a diplomatic marriage for his daughter. Another aspect of the treaty was the removal of restrictions on trade between the two countries, leaving England to trade freely with France.

    • Word count: 963
  25. How successfulwas Edward IV in restoring royal authority by 1470?

    Edward did not favour the nobles and distributed the patronage fairly amongst them. He asserted his authority by showing he was going to be his own person and not let the nobility dominate him. When, in 1464, Warwick went abroad with then intention of securing a marriage with a French Princess, Edward in fact married Elizabeth Woodville against Warwick's blessing. Here we see an example of Edward taking control of his own life and not letting a noble make his decisions.

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