Jane Eyre

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Our interest in the parallels between King Richard III and Looking For Richard is further enhanced by consideration of the marked differences in textual form. Evaluate this statement in the light of your Comparative Study of King Richard III and Looking For Richard.
William Shakespeare’s 16th century historically tragic play, King Richard III and Al Pacino’s 20th century docudrama, Looking for Richard portray parallel themes of war, characterisation of Richard in context and plot. Shakespeare wrote King Richard III during the reign of Elizabeth I and the propaganda during the time supported the Elizabethan monarch. During Looking for Richard’s era, a concept of sheer evil appeared which presented characters whose evil was unmotivated.
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The dramatic irony set up by Richard in his soliloquy, “What means this armed guard/That waits upon your grace?” connects with the audience and displays Richards intentions. The audience know that Richard knows the answer to the question because it is Richard who has set up by poisoning Edward’s attitude to their bother Clarence. In Looking for Richard, Pacino interviews faces in the street to gain knowledge of their understanding of Shakespeare; from what they say, Shakespeare is considered a "villain" in our contemporary context, whereas Richard was the Machiavellian villain of the Elizabethan context. Shakespeare and Pacino has emphasised Richards deformity in their textual form. In King Richard III, animal metaphors are used by many characters to describe Richard as ‘dog’, ‘hedgedog’, ‘rooting dog’, ‘bottled spider’ and many more. This dehumanising of Richard through language can have the effect of drawing sympathy towards him, or it might come across as a ‘fair assessment’ if that is the way he is played. Pacino, in Looking for Richard, echoes the word ‘deformed’ when Richard first states it in his soliloquy and a quick flashback of black and white pictures of a horrified man with a hunchback appears. Kimball stats that “Shakespeare has exaggerated Richard’s deformity” but doesn’t mention why, so it seems that Richard’s deformity doesn’t really have much impact on the

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