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Michael Williams111596Bellas EN-11RDRichard III In William Shakespeares Richard III we see Shakespeares interpretation of despot rule and the parallels that stem from this interpretation The character type of Richard has been examined and marveled for thousands of years From Platos examination of despot rule in the Republic we see the motives of what drives despot rulers A look at the background of Richard and how his upbringing and personal life contributed to his insecurities will help to understand why someone may become a despot The comparison of Adolf Hitler to that of Richard shown by the modern motion picture Richard III will show the rapid rise and fall of the despot and the reality of totalitarian rule Platos Republic a fascinating look at the comparison of the just soul and the unjust soul allows one to see the philosophical motives behind despot rule Despot rulers are simply driven by fear Their anxieties and insecurities lead to a hatred that has a desire to destroy deep-rooted in violence Despot rulers are also never satisfied with the power they have at any given time thus exposing their constant fear of retaliation from their subjects This examination of the despot ruler by Plato clearly shows the motives by which despot rulers rule but it fails to explain why and how these motives originate in the human mindIn order to comprehend why such a high level of fear and insecurity can be brought about a look at the upbringing and personal life of Richard should be brought into discussion One of three brothers Richard was in constant competition of who would succeed in gaining the throne of England Richard like his other brothers wanted the title of king quite badly but as time pressed on it seemed less likely that Richard would succeed in gaining the throne His shrewd attitude and a physical deformity that left him nearly paralyzed were two of the many reasons why Richard
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