To an extent, surly there are other characters in the play that show poor characters, perhaps even worse than Richard himself. However, it’s not the same characteristics the share that make them so “bad”. For example, Anne’s lack of restraint and weakness towards losing her position makes her weaker than Richard which on some sense is “worse. But overall, Richard the third is by far the worst character throughout the play.
Richard is in every way the dominant character of the play, to the extent that he is both the protagonist of the story and its major villain. Richard III Intensely displays the psychological aspect of evil, and those factors are focused on Richard’s mind. Critics sometimes compare Richard to the medieval character, Vice, who was a flat and one-sided embodiment of evil. However, especially in the later scenes of the play, Richard proves to be highly self-reflective and complicated, making his heinous even more devious.
Perhaps more than in any other play by Shakespeare, the audience of Richard III experiences complex, ambiguous, and constant relationship with the main character. Richard is clearly the villain, he declares his intensions in his very first speech that he intends to stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious designs. But despite his open allegiance to evil, he is such a resilient and complicated figure that, for much of the play, we are likely to facinated by him, or at least to be impressed with him. In this way, the relationship with Richard mimics the other characters’ relationships with him, conveying a powerful sense of the force of his personality. Even characters such as Lady Anne, who have an explicit knowledge of his wickedness, allow themselves to be charmed by his brilliant wordplay, his skilful argumentation, and his relentless pursuit of his selfish desires. But Anne is weaker than the others, and in a fragile state.
Richard’s long, fascinating monologues, in which he...
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