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Characteristics Of Richard Iii Essay

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Richard was the son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville. He was born on 2 October 1452 at Fotheringay Castle. He married Anne Neville. He has two brothers, George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and King Edward IV. He was also known as Gloucester, duke of Gloucester and later becomes King Richard III. He succeeded to the throne of England on June 1483. King Richard III was famous because of he is the main suspect in the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Richard III was first introduced in Henry VI where he announces how he will metaphorically hew his way to the throne by changing shapes and setting the "murderous Machiavel" to school.In Richard III, Richard is the major character in which he is both the protagonist of the story and its major villain. Richard can be seen as an intense exploration of the psychology of evil. However, towards the end of the play, Richard became more self-reflective and complicated. Richard was described as small and little of stature, his body is greatly deformed, one shoulder higher than the other, his face small which resembles man who is malice, fraud and deceit. He was born with the defect and an unnatural birth."I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion,Cheated of feature by dissembling Nature,Deformed, unfinished, sent before my timeInto this breathing world scarce half made up...."(Act I, Scene I, Line 19-21)One of Richard's characteristics is that he is a master at mischief-making and wordplay which can be compared to vice in the medieval morality plays."Thus, like the formal Vice, IniquityI moralize two meanings in one word."(Act III, Scene I, Line 82-83)Richard's character is evil from the beginning of the play until the end. His evilness can be seen in Act I Scene II where he asked the two murderers to kill the two princes at the tower. He is willing to do anything that gets in his way to the throne. He wants to kill the two princes because they are the heir to the throne. This line below explains Richard's instruction to the murderers to kill the prices as he asked them not to be easy on both of the princes."When you have done, repair to Crosby Place.But sirs, be sudden in the execution,Withal obdurate; do not hear him plead,For Clarence is well-spoken, and perhaps,May move your hearts to pity if you mark him"(Act 1, Scene II, Line 345-349)Richard is also portrayed as man who is good at wooing, even though he is imperfect and unattractive as he had a crooked back and nobody wants to be with him, he managed to get ladies to like him by playing with words. He had wooed Lady Anne with his strength of personality; his wit, his confidence. He managed to woo Lady Anne with his words in Act I Scene II which then made lady Anne marries him."Your beauty was the cause of that effect,Your beauty, which did haunt me in my sleepTo undertake the death of all the worldSo I might rest one hour in your sweet bosom."(Act I, Scene II, Line 119-122)Richard can also be...

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