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The title character in Shakespeares Richard III is extremely interesting because he functions both as the villain of the play as well as the hero In the very first scene of the play Richard tells the audience that he is determined to prove a villain p 752 line 30 but he also gains the sympathy of the audience because of his deformity of which Richard points out that he is so lame and unfashionable that dogs bark at me as I halt by them p 752 lines 22-23 The audience is further led to believe that Richard is intrinsically evil because of his deformities Even his own mother seems to believe this saying she has for comfort but one false glass that grieves me when I see my shame in him p766 lines 53-54 Later the Duchess of York laments ever giving birth to him saying O she that might have intercepted thee by strangling thee in her accursed womb from all the slaughters wretch that thou hast done p 783 lines 136-139 Oppositely though Richard is also highly charismatic and likeable He is able to manipulate almost every other character in the play through his words For example he tells Clarence that his imprisonment shall not be long I will deliver you or else lie for you p 754 lines 114-115 He then has the murderers tell Clarence that the king sent them and even when they confess that his brother hates him Clarence still says in disbelief O no he loves me and he holds me dear p 763 line 234 His charisma also allows him to woo Lady Anne despite his deformity and even after he has killed her husband and her father-in law He tells her that he murdered them to get her love He even offers to let her kill him but when she tells him though I wish thy death I will not be thy executioner p 756
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