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Richard Duke of Gloucester reveals a great deal of himself in his opening soliloquy It is there where the reader learns of Richards narcissism and discovers his great attachment to the world According to Richards irrational logic his excuse for being so full of self-love and so attached to his own reality is because there is no other option because he is deformed he cant love or be loved because he cant love or be loved he must be a villain because he must be a villain he will strive for the throne Richard illogical thought is full of self-love He has no vision for a better England everything he is thinking is centered on himself and he is only interested in furthering his comfort and importance Richards absolute attachment to the world comes from his greediness for power and his greediness for everything I believe Richards complete and utter attachment to the world and worldly things stems from his narcissistic nature So because Richard is so narcissistic he is so attached to the world First off Richard uses his deformity as an excuse to be a greedy monster but he contradicts himself as he manages to woo and win the hand of Lady Anne under the worst circumstances imaginable He implies in his opening oration that because of his deformity he can not be a lover but during the funeral procession of a King he killed Richard convinces Lady Anne he did it all for her and asks her to either kill him or marry him I will not be thy executionerI ii 185 Lady Anne takes his ring and says she will wait for him Even though she knows that Richard will probably kill her anyway The funny thing is that Richard the narcissist knows she knows and is so attached to his quest for the crown and so wrapped up in himself he doesnt care that she knows he
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