Richard, By William Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s Richard III, Richard is a devil that is walking amongst the masses. His desire for power is overwhelmingly confident and carefully planned out. Even though he has obstacles ahead of him, but Richard is determined do everything in his power to rule the throne. Throughout the progression of the play, Richard uses two forms of power, manipulation and misogyny, to accomplish his goal. This manipulations starting from the very beginning of the play and drives him until the end. Furthermore, through a close examination of scene from “ The Exorcist” (1973) a closer parallel can be drawn between Richard and devil, and how they both use casual possessed power and hidden power. Richard is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing and a silent killer.
“What black magician conjures up this fiend
To stop devoted charitable deeds?..
What, do you tremble? Are you all afraid?
Alas, I blame you not, for you are mortal,
And mortal eyes cannot endure the devil.—
Avaunt, thou dreadful minister of hell.
Thou hadst but power over his mortal body;
His soul thou canst not have. Therefore begone.”(Act1,2.35-45)
This powerfully venomous quote from Lady Anne really reveals how she feels about Richard and how she wants Richard to know that she knows he murdered her husband and father in-law. “...Dreadful minister of hell.” is a powerful insult that shows the pain and anger from Lady Anne. This phrase not only captures the essence of the of the entire scene, it also parallels a…
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