Richard IIi By William Shakespeare

1725 Words Oct 5th, 2014 7 Pages
Throughout all great works of literature, the authors try to include a theme or center point to base their writing on. Within the plot there can be found many similar references and coinciding points to be discovered among the lines the author writes. Richard III is a play written by the great playwright, poet, and storyteller, William Shakespeare. He was a man who wrote many popular stories known today as some of the greatest works of literary art ever read. He lived throughout the late 16th century into the early 17th century, a time where he produced many plays that were appreciated by the masses and even some royalty. Richard III, one of his popular works, is rife with political criticisms while simultaneously veiled by comedic coverage full of metaphoric insults. In the story of Richard III, the play opens with a monologue by Richard himself. The first two lines start off with a pun: “Now is the winter of our discontent/ Made glorious summer by the son of York.” Here Richard actually uses only one of the two references that make up the pun, the word son, with reference to the first son of the duke of York, King Edward IV. But because the word son appears in the context of “glorious summer,” the audience supplies the second part of the pun in the word sun. The second kind of pun is evident a few lines later in the same speech when Richard suggests that he is so ugly there is nothing for him to do but “see my shadow in the sun/ And descant on mine own deformity.” The…
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