The Opening Speech of Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play

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The Opening Speech of Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play Richard III is a historical play and we are drawn to this factor from Richard's speech at the opening of the play. Shakespeare uses Richard's character as his main device for setting the scene. As it is a play the audience would see Richard entering on a bare stage and this alone would leave an effect of them which would soon be reinforced by the speech he is about to give. The speech itself is delivered in a soliloquy, a device that is well associated with Shakespeare. It reveals the inner most thoughts of the character, exposing their true nature and their state of mind. The first words of his opening speech, "Now is the…show more content…
At this moment in time Shakespeare's main concern is Richard and Richard's main concern is also Richard. Which emphasises and singles out Richards main concerns which is purely himself. The speech in itself is a very effective way it is used to arouse the audience in such a way that they are left with mixed questions and feelings. Such as who Richard is and what has caused his descriptive outpour. In the course of the speech, Richard says, "I am determined to prove a villain" Quickly the audience is made to believe that evil, is the source of Richard's pleasure and that At no point in the duration of his speech does Richard hesitate to think or question himself. Which may show him to be a spontaneous person. As he continues Richard shares his plans quite intimately and very generously with the audience. He tells us that he has caused trouble between his brothers, George, Duke of Clarence and King Edward. We are made of Richard's true treacherous nature when he says, "Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here Clarence comes.." He clearly does not want anyone to be aware of his motives and he is so easily able to change or conceal his feelings so well, which show him to be the true
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