Critical Essays On Richard Iii
However, he doesn’t even put up a pretense of chronology, and events that had years between them happen in one scene.Shakespeare makes it amply obvious that he is prepared to cast all historical accuracy to the winds for the sake of his dramatic vision.Shakespeare is not interested in Richmond, and perhaps even a little bit daunted by the challenge of having to write about his Queen’s grandfather.His monologues are devoid of feeling and his character is too lifeless and formal to even seem virtuous.
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.
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.
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.