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Richard III SummaryAct 1 Scene 1Richard MonologueComplains about how he is deformed/ugly and the bad luck that he has. Wants to make everyone miserable and become king by any meansRichards brother Clarence (George) is being sent to the tower by their other brother, The King (Edward)Richard was the cause of this, he made Edward suspicious of ClarenceRichard needs Clarence to die, plans on marrying Lady Anne (was married to the son of the previous King (Henry), old prince Edward)Richard sets his grand plan in motionAct 1 Scene 2Wooing of AnneLady Anne enters with men and the coffin of the late King Henry (House Lancaster)Mourns for the King Henry and Prince EdwardSays that Richard is to blame and hopes that any children he has are deformed and sick and his wife miserable as Anne herselfRichard comes inAnne insults him heavily Richard begins to court her telling her that he killed prince Edward for love of her and wants to marry herPuts a ring on her, she resists at first but eventually agrees to be with RichardRichard then boasts about his conquestAct 1 Scene 3Queen Elizabeth (wife of King Edward) enters with her brother (Lord Rivers) and two sons from a previous marriage (Lord Gray and Marquis of Dorset)King Edward is getting sicker and sicker and she fears he may die soonShe knows that Richard is up to something and doesn’t feel safeSays that Richard will get control of the throne is the king dies because her two sons aren’t of ageTwo noblemen enter (Duke of Buckingham-Allies with Richard, and Stanley, Earl of Derby), they say that the king is doing betterRichard enters complaining that everyone is trying to slander him and saying he’s evil. Accuses Elizabeth of wanting the king to die and getting Clarence imprisoned1
Old Queen Margaret (King Henry’s wife) enters and promptly tells everyone off then curses everyone there:Says that Elizabeth will outlive her glory and watch her husband and children dieHastings, Rivers, and Dorset will die early deathsRichard will mistake his friends for enemies and his enemies for friends and that he will never sleep peacefullyEveryone leaves but Richard and two men (the murders) enter that Richard hired to kill Clarence Act 1 Scene 4Clarence is in the tower of London(prison)Tells the tower lieutenant (Brackenbury) about a dream he had in which Richard basically killed him.He also saw the ghost of old prince Edward, who was cursing Clarence.The murders come in and hand Brackenbury a letter (legal document) that orders Brackenbury toleave the two men alone with ClarenceThe two murders debate on how to kill him, but Clarence wakes up and begs for his life. They reveal to Clarence that is was Richard who imprisoned him and sent the two men to kill him.

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