William Shakespeare 's Richard IIi

855 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
“ For she being feared of all, now fearing one / For she commanding all, obey’d by none” (4.4. 783). Queen Margret, in William Shakespeare’s, Richard III, appears as a shadow of her former glory as England’s deposed Lancastrian ruler among current Yorkist rule. Widowed, deposed, and banished, she is a women deprived of power. Nevertheless, Margret plays a larger role than her shortcomings advertise. In Richard III, Shakespeare reinstates the Lancastrian monarch’s power by giving her a strong character and an adept control of language, specifically through cursing. Sharp tongued and vengeful, Margret’s curses allow her to become a prophetess by predicting and possibly causing the downfall of the Yorkist royal family’s rule. Margret is a woman capable of transgressing her gender limitations. Thus, Margret becomes a character deserving of attention as she is transformed into a figure of feminine retaliation, revelation, and queenship through which Shakespeare exposes the intertwined themes of women, witchcraft, and rulership in the Elizabethan era. In Richard III, Shakespeare questions and comments on the role of women through his preservation of the Queen Margret. Historically, Margret of Anjou is a figure who epitomizes “corrupt femininity” through her rejection of “appropriate” feminine social power. Nicknamed the “She-Wolf of France,” Margret illegitimately assumed masculine glory by defying her husband Henry VI, leading armies into battle, and murdering an innocent…
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