The Real Richard

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The True Richard I have chosen to analyze the character of Richard III due to his cynical yet honest personality. One thing that sticks out about his character is his relationship with the reader and how he tells us exactly what he’s planning. Even when we are told what Richard will do, the reader is still surprised when he goes about the actions. For example, Richard tells us he is “subtle, false, and treacherous”(I.i), but there is nothing we can do to stop him from being that way. Another quality of Richard that sticks out to me is his ability to manipulate his peers. In act one scene two Lady Anne is mourning the death of King Henry VI, but Richard is set on manipulating her into loving him. Richard has no interest in Lady Anne, but instead wants to be closer and closer to becoming King. Richard’s dedication to achieve his goal no matter what obstacles come his way is a defining feature that sticks out to me. Throughout the play, Richard is faced with obstacles that test his commitment to becoming king. His first major test is when he has to win over Lady Anne. Richard killed Henry and knows Anne is out for his guts, but he has the courage to lie to her saying that he did not kill him. Later, Richard admits to killing Henry, but sweet talks Anne by making her believe that the murder was in an attempt to win her over. While reading this scene, we see Richard being honest to the audience, but a liar to the characters in the show. He knows that his actions have caused Lady Anne to mourn; yet he finds a way to make her fall in love with him. The text is worded in a way that makes Richard seem confident and not worried
Acosta 2 about the lies he is telling. Making Richard a confident character gives him the ability to remain calm even when faced with confrontation. Though he is deformed and described as so ugly that “Dogs bark at [him],” his confidence…...

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