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Richard is certainly an evil character a fact made clear throughout the play The extent of his evil is shown in events including the death of Clarence and his treatment of Anne This considered I still dont believe that he is truly evil He has justification for his actions and he later is haunted by his actions as he questions whether he has made the right decisions I believe that Richard is evil but not truly evil and that his actions were justified if only in his mind Richard has justification for his actions which he reveals to the audience at various points in his soliloquies In his opening soliloquy he states Why I in this weak piping time of peace Have no delight to pass away the time Unless to spy my shadow in the sun And descant on mine own deformity Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 24-27 With this statement he reveals his motivation and justification for his actions in the rest of the play As a result of his deformity he feels that he cannot partake in the fun and pleasures of living in peacetime and from this concludes since I cannot prove a lover To entertain these fair well spoken days I am determined to prove a villain Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 28-30 Richards desire for the duration of the play is to become king His evil actions throughout the play are focused on removing all obstacles in the way of his gaining the throne He uses this desire as a way of justifying his actions and removing himself from the horrors of what he is doing I believe that Richard had justification for his actions even if his justifications seem repulsive to those viewing the play Richards first display of the extent of his evil was when he arranged to have his brother Clarence killed He carefully plans the murder and seems to find amusement in what
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