The Effectiveness of William Shakespeare's Use of Supernatural in the Final Act of Richard III

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The Effectiveness of William Shakespeare's Use of Supernatural in the Final Act of Richard III Richard III was written by William Shakespeare and tells the story of how Richard III wants to become king and does everything in his power to get there by assassinating members of his family to do so, for example, the Duke of Clarence, Lord Hastings, Lady Anne, Lord Rivers, the Duke of Buckingham, Henry VI, Prince Edward, Prince Edward V and Prince Richard. The last Act contains many supernatural elements such as ghosts of the people Richard III has murdered or got killed and curses, for example, Buckingham remembering Margaret's curse, prophecies and dreams, a message from the supernatural from the…show more content…
By making the play more theatrical, the audience can see the individual personalities of the characters. For example Richard seen as a belligerent, vicious, vulgar, hideous person who wants to prove that he is "a villain." One example of the paranormal in Act V is when Richard refers to how the ghosts make him feel responsible: "O coward conscience, how dost thou afflict me" but he is able to see it differently. Also this recalls Margaret's curse: "the worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul," which meant that the centre of his conscience would incessantly affect his soul forever. This shows that Richard is feeling guilty, he fears the ghostly vengeance of all the people he had killed and that the curses made by the ghosts will affect him when he goes to war. Richard is able to calm himself down: "What do I fear?" this proves that he has no feeling for anyone, no conscience and is going to prove that he is a villain despite his earlier attack of remorse. Here, Shakespeare's use of supernatural is effectual because it reminds us of the members of family killed by Richard to become king and is more dramatic. It is more dramatic because it shows Richard deserves to die as his punishment and people will be punished if they commit vile things. This makes the scene look more theatrical and stimulating, this enables the audience to see what is going on inside Richard's head and whether we

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