Critical Essays On Richard Iii Nyc Department Of Education Application Essay
Now, who can possibly doubt the evidence of someone who Richard had imprisoned for treason?
But it wasn’t in Shakespeare’s plans to be subversive. The unbiased evidence of various chroniclers and legal documents, both before and after Richard’s reign, and both English and international, demonstrate that he was a just ruler, a caring uncle, and a loyal brother.
His vision by the way, unjust and scathing as it is to Richard, leads him somewhat astray from what the Tudors may have wanted as well.
Shakespeare’s Richard may be the epitome of vice, but the heroic Richmond, who should in this context have been the avenging angel, crushing the forces of evil with his flaming sword, is just bland.
Constantly breaking away from the action of the play, Richard speaks directly to us, sharing his thoughts, his feelings, and his schemes.
Shakespeare himself is swept up in awe of the skill, the malice, and the pure, exuberant wickedness of the character he has created.
It is only with deep regret that he sends Richard off to die at Bosworth.
Richard’s monologue after he is visited by the ghosts of his victims is meant to condemn him and his “hateful deeds”, to show that his conscience has finally caught up with him.
It is Shakespeare’s command of the English language, and his keen sense of drama and psychological depth, that make his plays so affecting and deeply memorable.
The facts conveyed to Shakespeare, mostly through the medium of the irreproachable Thomas More, ended up every bit as mangled and deformed as the body of his fictional Richard.
The saintly More himself of course, had his facts directly from the source – John Morton, the treacherous strawberry-cultivating bishop of Shakespeare’s play.
As he beautifully explains at the beginning of Act I, “all the clouds that loured upon” the house of York are now “in the deep bosom of the ocean buried”.
It seems the Wars of the Roses are finally over (for now), and unadapted as Richard is to “idle pleasures”, he has no alternative left but to divert himself by other means.