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Richard III Assignment An analysis of the play by William Shakespeare How did Shakespeare portray Richard the Third in the play of the same name Shakespeare in the play portrayed Richard as the Tudor house saw him - evil and manipulative It is no wonder that he appears so cruel and heartless in this performance the basis on which the play is written - the Tudor Chronicles - were written by Richards enemies These were the only reliable sources of that time period yet many of the facts in the play can be shown to be false by eye witness accounts However the question does ask how Shakespeare himself portrayed the unfortunate King of England so it can only be assumed that play shows Richard as a villain In the opening scene the actor playing the character of Richard the Duke of Gloucester at that point begins with a soliloquy in which he explains his motives behind his current and future actions He is by his own definition rudely stampt Line 16 Act 1 Scene 1 and not shaped for sporting tricksLine 14 Act 1 Scene 1 and therefore he is determined to prove myself a villainLine 30 Act 1 Scene 1 He bases all his further acts of evil on his belief that God has forsaken him and so he shall in turn forsake God by running in direct opposition to all that is good All this has occurred before another actoractress has entered the stage - Shakespeare wanted us to be aware of and understand Richardss confessions to being evil and his lack of sensitivity towards how his actions may affect others In the scenes that follow we discover that Richard has the ability to change his apparent feelings towards other people as readily and as easily as we may put on another hat or a pair of gloves He appears to be concerned with the imprisonment
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