Essay about Morality in Richard III by William Shakespeare

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Morality in Richard III by William Shakespeare In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on moral holiday. The early part of the play draws its readers to identify with Richard and thereby to participate in a fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. We begin to be pulled into the fantasy in the play's opening speech, where Richard presents himself as an enterprising, self made villain and offers an elaborate justification for this self he renovation. In the first scene of the play, Richard announces in a narration, his plan to become king. Richard is truly a Machiavel. A Machiavel is "one who views politics as amoral and that any means, however unscrupulous, …show more content…
A villain must also have scapegoats to use if he is discovered or if he is in a dangerous situation". Richard devised a brutal stratagem to ascend the English throne. Brilliantly, he executed his plan. Heartlessly, he executed family, friends, and subjects. Richard did indeed display these characteristics and, therefore, fulfilled his goal to ascend the throne. One of many Richard's brilliant schemes was to increase public support for his own claim to the crown. Richard, aided by Buckingham, enacts shows of devotion, kindness, religiousness and other virtues, which recommend him to the citizenry and especially to the Lord Mayor and aldermen of London. This done, he finally wins the mayor and the alderman over and receives the offer to "the supreme seat, the throne majestically, the scepter office of his ancestors themselves, the lineal glory of his royal house" . After some false persuasion by the Duke of Buckingham, Richard finally accepts the "golden yoke of sovereignty." Some Critics feel that not all of Richard's victims were innocent, they were hypocritical and were trying to use Richard, but that is another topic. Richard is, simply, too clever to be outwitted. As a king, Richard did not succeed. He
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