William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Richard IIi

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William Shakespeare employs a variety of techniques in his plays to show good characters from bad characters; one such technique as the application of deformity or an abnormality manifests itself physically and psychologically with the dramas. The incorporation of a defect, whether it be physically or psychology, reveals flawed characteristics within the said character. Most of these flawed characteristics, though revealed in different situations, share similar problems and consequences. For example, Richard III, also known as The Tragedy of King Richard the Third and The Tragedy of Macbeth exemplify two kings that are willing to do anything to achieve ultimate power, the crown. It is Richard and Macbeth’s ambition that drives them to commit the murderous acts within the plays. Though different figures, each share a common goal and a similar defect. Both Macbeth and Richard suffer from deformity; Richard’s physical deformity and Macbeth’s psychological deformity become embodiments of their ambition and eventually bring them to their inevitable downfall. The destructive literary psyches of Macbeth and Richard III speak to both a physical and psychological deformity; through Richard 's physical deformity and Macbeth 's psychological deformity, Shakespeare dramatizes the consequences of following blind ambition. Scholars of Shakespearean works find a Freudian psychoanalytical approach to the plays provides deeper understanding into the actions and motives of the characters,
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