Richard Iii + Looking for Richard Comparative Speech

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Throughout my comparative study of texts and context, I have explored various connections shared between William Shakespeare’s ‘Richard the 3rd’ and Al Pacino’s ‘Looking for Richard’. As both of these items are based on the same character, King Richard the 3rd, they share a lot in common. The connection that I have chosen to concentrate on though is the idea of power, and how both texts explore this theme. William Shakespeare is an extremely famous English poet and playwright and widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He was most prominent in the years 1585-1592 writing 38 plays. Richard 3rd is considered to be one of his greatest plays and was written in 1591 depicting the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard the 3rd. During this time period Queen Elizabeth the 1st the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty was in power. Many people believe that Shakespeare over embellished the character of Richard making him into more of a monster than he actually was as he was a Lancaster mortal enemies to Tudors. This point needs to be taken into consideration as the play is potentially bias to keep the queen happy. I have chosen to concentrate on the theme of power throughout the play as Richard, considered to be a heinous monster with physical deformities and a black soul, lies and murders his way to the throne, depicting his driving force for power. This is evident through his remarks in act 1 scene 1 as he says “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.” This quote shows how he is not made for love due to his deformities so he will become a villain who hates all the pleasures of these days. Both King Richard and Al Pacino share the same power hungry personality as they want to become the best also looking at themselves in this way. I say this...
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