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Shakespeare´S Richard The Third: Example Of A Villain

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Villainous people have a way of manipulating people around them to get what they want, like Richard and his desire and his do what ever it takes attitude in order to be in line for the crown. Throughout history evil people, like The Tragedy of Richard III, have justified that what they are doing is right by appealing to other people and making them feel that this is necessary for the end result they want.
Many evil people are good at persuading people to do things for them or join them in their acts. I believe that the correct phrase is the rhetoric of villainy. The meaning of this phrase can be described by dissecting each individual word. Rhetoric means “the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing”, and villainy is “someone whose evil actions or motives are important to their own plot”. (Webster Dictionary) Now to summarize the literal definition in my own words, it’s a villain having a persuasive voice and convincing someone to do what he wants even though the victims knows that what they are being asked to do is wrong. An example of such acts take place in Shakespeare’s play Richard the Third with the main character and the antagonist Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Richard is portrayed as a villain who will do anything to attain greatness. Richard does many evil deeds and is surrounded by ineffectual and gullible males, like Hastings. Richard justifies himself by making himself out to be good and loyal to everyone at court "Two props of virtue for a Christian Prince, To stay him from the fall of vanity; And see, a book of prayer in his hand True ornaments to know a holy man.” (III.7.95-98), Yet he has alternative motives all the time. He accuses Elizabeth, Hastings and Clarence of many deeds that he himself is responsible for. He lies to his own brother "Alack my lord, that fault is none of yours: He should for that...

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