Literary Devices In Richard III

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William Shakespeare wrote Richard III in either 1592 or 1593 as a part of his Henry VI plays. The play began with the death of King Edward IV, which led to the events that took place throughout the play. Towards the beginning of the play, Richard interrupted the funeral of King Henry VI to try to seduce Anne, Henry VI’s daughter-in-law who was widowed when Richard killed Edward. Following this, Richard began to systematically kill anyone that could oppose him and who are in line before him to the throne. After Richard is ordained as king, his luck began to turn and he slowly began to lose support of his allies with him having to lead his army against a rebellion. Prior to the battle, the ghosts of his victims come to both him and his adversary, Richmond, and wish death on Richard and victory on Richmond. The next day, Richard is killed by Richmond, who becomes King Henry VI. While Shakespeare’s Richard III is not a scholarly work, Shakespeare’s use of literary devices, especially rhyming and parallelism, helps to show the reader important elements in the play making the work worthwhile to read. While Richard III follows the rise and fall of its homestead king, this play is a popular work rather than a scholarly one. Even though Shakespeare used Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland by Raphael Holinshed for the historical events and Sir Thomas Moore’s The Life of Richard III for his information on Richard as a reference, he still took many artistic liberties throughout
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