The Themes In Richard The Third

Topics: Prediction, Dream, Dream Come True Pages: 3 (816 words) Published: April 5, 2015

The themes in the play “Richard III”; manipulation, dreams, and deception are enhanced by the use of figures of speech, diction, and the features of drama such as stage directions. These help to convey the way in which Richard is able to gain the trust of the other characters allowing him to trick and fool them in order for him to gain the upper hand and become the new king. In “Act 1 Scene 1” Richard starts off speaking to himself speaking of that peace had finally returned after a recent war then moves on to speak of his brother King Edward is the new king and that everyone is happy celebrating except him which he says in lines 12 to 14, “He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber to the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks.” He then continues to explain that he is deformed and ugly to the point that dogs bark at him in which he states from lines 20 to 23, “Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, and that so lamely unfashionable that dogs bark me as I halt by them…” Richard does this in order to manipulate the audience to have them “pity” him to justify his actions. He then begins to state that since he cannot be made a lover that he will be a villain instead by placing Clarence and the King, who is very sick, in a deadly hate against each other by lies and false prophecies in order to get rid of Clarence proof from lines 28 to 30, “And therefore, I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain…” and from lines 33 to 35, “By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams, To set my brother Clarence and the King, in deadly hate against each other…” Shortly after Clarence enters with two guards speaking of the prophecy that Richard made up stating “that G of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be…” which is a clever or ironic play on words since Richard is the Duke of (G)loucester. Richard however, acts as if he is truly worried and...
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