Historically, during the events depicted in Richard III Margaret was not in England (Greenblatt 540). Therefore, the importance of Shakespeare’s use of her character is emphasized for dramatic purposes only. In 1.3, Margaret’s curses provide th...
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...hard sets out knowing he will be defeated, and is.
Margaret has extracted her revenge purely with the power of words and speech. By professing her curses, her ideas are placed into the minds of her enemies. Her curses become prophesy through the actions of the other characters. By placing herself in the conscience of her enemy, she avenges her family’s death, completing her journey from a ghost-like specter to a commanding prophetess, and finally as the subconscious voice within Richard himself. In the end, the chorus like, grief crazed Margaret becomes the voice of reason as the audience realizes that it is Margaret’s voice and Margaret’s curses that echo throughout the play.
William Shakespeare. The Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford edition: volume 1: early plays and poems. 2nd ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Print.
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