Shakespeare presents Richard to us in a very negative way. Richard is
portrayed as an evil person who is attracted to the power that the
throne could bring him and would take whatever risk is necessary.
Driven by his need for power he manipulates and murders his way to the
Richard shows himself as a manipulator right from the start of the
play. He tricks Clarence and makes him think that he has nothing to do
with his arrest. "But what's the matter Clarence? May I know?"
Clarence is the first person that Richard manipulates in a long line
of victims. Richard also successfully manipulates Anne. He manages to
get her to marry him only a few days after he has killed her husband.
He manipulates Anne with convincing arguments and by flattering her.
"Divine perfection of a womanâ€¦.fairer than tongue can name thee." This
is Richards's persuasive skills at his best, now he has a stronger
claim to the throne. Richard knew that the king was unwell and by
springing the news of Clarence's death upon him he died. This was
typical of Richard, observing his enemies weaknesses and capitalising.
"Who knows not the gentle Duke is dead?"
Richard manipulates the arrival of Prince Edward so that he is seen as
the only loyal uncle to greet him and also gets the princes into the
tower."Your highness shall repose you to the tower." Richard during
his play act before accepting the crown says how he will not be a good
king. "So might and so many my defects." This is a gamble if he is to
convincing they will not want him on the throne. Richard then states
there is no need for him as ...
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...mber of the royal
family apart from the princes that had a solid claim.
There is proof that the Tudor historians went about blackening
Richards's name. Recent x-ray scans have shown that many paintings
were altered to enhance Richards's deformity. This is because during
the fifteenth and sixteenth century's deformity was linked closely
with evil, and therefore by enlarging his deformity they blackened his
I think it is clear that Shakespeare represents Richard as an evil
usurper who murders his way to the throne. I think it is fair to say
that this play does reflect the Tudor view of the events. This is
because the only resources that Shakespeare could have used would have
been written by historians who worked for the Tudor monarchs to
blacken Richards name in order to secure their own seat on the throne.
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