Richard IIi, By William Shakespeare

1168 Words May 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Children bring out the underlying disposition and wicked intentions we all possess. Richard III, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play about the Duke of Gloucester who desires to be the king of England. He does this through the manipulation and murder of many characters, including Queen Elizabeth’s children, Prince Edward and the Duke of York. These children emphasize some of the “adult” themes in the play and reveals the devastating nature of these themes. Their characteristics and deaths all contribute to the emphasis of these themes. Critics Marie-Hélène Bisnaught and Michel Bito, and Vincent Walsh all agree that the murder of Prince Edward and the Duke of York was an atrocious deed.

Prince Edward and the Duke of York are innocent, precious, and witty. These traits the children acquire truly highlights the extent of their deaths. Both these children are well beyond their years. This clear when the Duke of York says “I could have given my uncle’s grace a flout, / To touch his growth nearer than he’d touched mine” (Act II, Scene IV, Line 24 - 25). The young duke cleverly insults his uncle’s height and manners essentially saying that Richard is a short, disrespected man. The children 's’ innocence is also evident through the perspective of their mother and uncle. In the scene when Richard III greets his nephew, Prince Edward, he says “Sweet prince, the untainted virtue of your years / Hath not yet dived into the world’s deceit” (Act III, Scene I, Line 7 - 8). Prince…
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