The Director's Notes On Richard Iii

1480 words - 6 pages

The Director's Notes on Richard III

I think that the thing which makes this scene so powerful is the fact
that Anne gives in to Richard’s ways after she knows that he killed
her husband and her father-in-law. What makes it even more powerful is
that we, the audience, find it hard to believe a modern woman would
give in to Richard that quickly, or at all. Also we know that the only
reason he is trying to marry her is to get closer to the crown. We
know this because he says:

‘‘The readiest way to make the wench amends

Is to become her husband and her father,

The which will I, not all so much for love,

As for another secret close intent’’
I think that in this scene, Richard is so much more powerful as a
person than Anne is. In this scene Richard is kind of like a sexual
magnet and Anne is being pulled into his charms and is forgetting what
terrible things Richard has done o her and her family. I think that
Anne is quite like a modern woman in the way that if a man tells her
that he loves her she will forget about everything he has done to her
because she is so flattered. Also she falls into Richards arms more
easily because she is feeling very insecure seeing as she has no one
left to care and protect her because of Richard killing both her
husband Edward, and her father-in-law to King Henry Vl.
In the Ian Mckellen version of the play I think the scene is made much
more climatic by the fact that the body of Edward (Anne’s husband) was
there the whole scene, reminding her of what Richard had done. During
the whole of this scene I think that Richard was trapping Anne
psychologically. Near the end of this scene Richard is skipping
through the mortuary and dancing, laughing and shaking people’s hands.
I think this show’s that Richard is very happy astonished about what
he had just achieved. This is because he thinks he wouldn’t have a
chance because of the murders he had committed towards Anne’s family
and because he really puts him self down about his deformity. This is
made more dramatic by the fact that the war has only just ended and
people who are watching Richard dance about and shaking his hand are
very upset about the loved ones which they lost during the war.

During the part of the scene where Anne and Richard are together, the
technique of ‘‘wooing’’ Anne which I thought was best was when he laid
his breast open to her to kill him with a blade but she drops it and
he says: ‘‘take up the sword again or take up me’’. But then she
replies ‘‘I will not be thy executioner’’. As this did not work he
then says ‘‘Then bid me kill myself and I will do it’’. At this point
Richards technique backfires on him because she says in reply ‘‘I have
already’’. Now Richard has to think fast and put his skills into
action and smoothly replies,

‘‘That was in thy rage.


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