Richard 3

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The most important question to ask about The Tragedy of Richard the Third is whether or not the work can be considered a tragedy in regards to Richards’s fate. Certainly, all the people around Richard have had very bad luck, from his brothers, to his nephews, to the very men who fight for him, and even his poor wife. But is Richards death something he deserves, or is he just simply a victim of circumstances? Aristotle claims that a tragedy is the downfall of a noble hero, usually through some combination of hubris, fate, and the will of the gods. The tragic hero's encounters limits, such as human flaws like greed or ambition, fate or nature. He goes on to say that says that the tragic hero should have a flaw or make an error in judgment. The hero need not die at the end, but must undergo a change in station. Also the tragic hero may begin to understand something new about themselves or the world, but still ends tragically. For Richard the III, the only tragedy seems to be those of his own creating. So does that make Richard a man is guilty only of becoming overly ambitious? Is Richards character like that of Macbeth; a man who follows his wife into a world of lying and regicide? Or is he a man more like Iago, wanting to disturb the quiet around him just because he could? In the opening scenes, Richard proclaims that “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. And therefore since I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days.” So we as an audience are told straight away the Richard is going to be up to no good. This shows us a ... ... middle of paper ... ...e, the characters the play are willing to keep giving into to Richard, even after he has harmed them once already. Richard is also very careful to make himself always appear in the best light possible in his attempts to gain the throne. He must appear the doting suitor, the loving brother, the kind uncle, even though this could not be further from the truth. He fakes his emotions; from his ‘love’ of the Lady Anne, and eventually, after her death, his niece, to his sorrow and sympathies for the deaths of the two young boys. He is always working to present himself in the best manner possible to those around him, because he wants to be seen as someone who can be trusted, and will be what is best for the country. He is however, very unhappy with the current state of affairs. He complains that he was born deformed and ugly, and bitterly grieves his bad luck. He vows to
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