Rhetorical Analysis Of Richard IIi 's ' Black Legend '

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There is a clear pattern throughout history of propaganda, myths and contemporary sources clouding the true reality of events. Richard III is seen to be one of England 's most disputed kings; a monarch who brings with him a legend of negative connotations. There are seen to be many arguments as to whether or not the mischievous king was subject to be condemned by his 'black legend ' or fits the description issued by keen Richard III adversaries. These sceptics see Richard depicted under the 'black ' legend which in turn imply that he was the murderer of his own nephews in the tower, murderer of his wife, Anne and wrongfully deposed Edward VI among many more brutal monarchical actions. However, on the flipside the White Rose Richard society base his life around the ideologies that there is little evidence to suggest the his blackened reputation, that historical facts have been clouded by Tudor propaganda and superstition and that fundamentally that Richard 's methods were no more or less brutal than his contemporaries. The justification for both these opinions on Richard can be argued. Play-write, William Shakespeare is a huge influence among history in how certain historical figures are presented through his works; Richard III was subject to a play by him and as a result is further clouded by a cloak of negativity. Shakespeare 's adaptation of Richard in his plays "Richard III" and "Edward VI: Part III" illustrates him as a deformed Machiavellian brother, who was summoned
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