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The character of Richard III is the incarnation of evil yet if he were merely a characture of wickedness the play would lose dramatic impact Richard must display at least some attractive or sympathetic qualities or the audience would lose interest in him Discuss The character of Shakespeares Richard III is complex and cannot be categorised as simply evil Richard is for all respects the play and the depths and mysteries of his character is what makes the play attractive to an audience In this capability if he were simply the incarnation of evil the audience would lose interest The audience is drawn by the depths and twists of his personality which means that he does not necessarily have to have redeeming or attractive qualities for us to enjoy the play and his role in it The first point to look at is the question of whether he is the incarnation of evil and if he is indeed innately evil or only a victim of his circumstance From the very first line he proves his deceitfulness outlining his plots in the opening soliloquy He blames his evilness on his deformities saying since I cannot prove a lover I am determined to play a villain There is the possibility of looking at Richards character as one which was not originally evil but has been forced by the circumstances of his deformity and the lack of love he receives because of them to do the evil deeds that he does Reading his character in this way allows the audience to sympathise with his position realising that he is blinded by his bitterness and may want to be King and hold the power of that position so he can prove his worth to himself He often comments on himself cursing his body and seeming to deem himself a failure to humanity He acts in many roles showing facets of humanity but does not believe in
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