How Shakespeare Portrays the Relationship between Richard and Buckingham in Richard the Third by William Shakespeare

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How Shakespeare Portrays the Relationship between Richard and Buckingham in Richard the Third by William Shakespeare Shakespeare develops and changes the relationship between Richard and Buckingham throughout the play. We see that Richard and Buckingham are total opposites when they first meet, but it all starts to change when Buckingham meets Richard and he starts to change. Shakespeare opens the play with Richards’s soliloquy. He says the civil war has ended and the new crowned king is Richards’s brother Edward. Now there is peace. But Richard doesn’t like peace because peace is a time of love and happiness and he says he doesn’t suit this because of his physique. “Deformed, unfinished, sent before…show more content…
And he does this by spreading a roomer that someone whose name begins with G (George Duke of Clarence) will kill Edwards’s sons. “About a prophecy which says that G, of Edwards Heirs the murder shall be” This shows that Richard is so determined to get closer to the throne in any means possible. When Clarence gets sent to the tower by the king, Richard acts so clueless and shocked about it and is very sympathetic to Clarence. This shows he is two faced. He then creates another roomer by saying to Clarence that king Edward is ruled by the king. “Tis not the king who sends you to the tower. My Lady Grey his wife, Clarence tis she that tempered him to this extremity”. This will make the king look very weak, as in those days it was seen as a weakness if a man was ruled by a woman. His will be and advantage in Richards plans. Hastings enters and tells Richard that the king is ill; Richard would see this as another advantage but Richard acts concerned. In Richards last soliloquy (Scence1 Act1 lines 145-162) he says the king should not live but not die till after Clarence does. He says he will marry Warwick’s youngest daughter. Even though he killed her husband and father “What though I killed her husband and her father”. We find out from this that Richard is a murderer. “Which will I not all so much for love; as for another secret close intent”. This means

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