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Shakespeare Richard III was a traitor a murderer a tyrant and a hypocrite The leading characteristics of his mind are scorn sarcasm and an overwhelming contempt It appears that the contempt for his victims rather than active hatred or cruelty was the motive for murdering them Upon meeting him he sounds the keynote to his whole character I that am curtailed of this proportion cheated of feature by dissembling nature Deformd unfinishd sent before my time Into this word scarce half made up 1120-23The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy which emphasizes Richards physical isolation as he appears alone as he speaks to is audience The idea of physical isolation is heightened by his references to his deformity such as rudely stamped Cheated of feature by dissembling Nature deformed unfinished 1121-22 This deformity would be an outward indication to his audience of the disharmony from Nature and viciousness of his spirit As he hated the idle pleasure of these days and speaks of his plots to sent one brother against another Richard seems socially apart from the figures around him and perhaps regarded as an outsider or ostracized because of his deformity His separation his family is emphasized when he says Dive thoughts down to my soul1141 when he sees his brother approaching He is unable to share his thought with his own family as he is plotting against them Thus we are given hints of his physical social and spiritual isolation which is developed throughout the play But despite these hints he still refers to himself as part of the House of York shown in the repeated use of OurThe task which Shakespeare undertook was to mold the hateful constitution of Richards Moral character Richard had to contend with the prejudices arising from his bodily deformity which was considered an indication of the depravity and wickedness of his nature Richards ambitious nature his elastic intellect and his want of
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