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Social RIII LFR Theatre - role of theatre to spread Protestantism and royalist propaganda through a divided realm further reflects the intent of Richard III that supports the political rights of the Tudors and maligns Richard III and the House of York Monarchy supreme- renaissance influence- of questioning free will/ responsible for one’s destiny Monarchy controlled, monitored all written work including theatre modern American audience who were skeptical about the relevance of his plays and confused by the complexity of the language deliberate pastiche of cuts from interviews with actors and scholars juxtaposed with impromptu vox pops with people on the streets of New York City to demonstrate that Shakespeare can reach everyone and belongs to the actors. Looking for Richard makes the connection between Elizabethan times and today stressing that there will always be individuals who will betray others for power Pacino’s past gangster films have influenced his representation of Richard s villainy Popularity of of film and modern storytelling techniques Political RIII LFR The Tudors were in power, and the play features them; it is recent history. During a time of political and religious unrest; the Catholics were being persecuted. Contrast between providentialism and free will. While politics can be seen as Machiavellian, it was believed that the leader had to be godly; they were appointed by God (Divine Right of Kings) and had to follow Christian Morals. Shakespeare’s times reflect a shift from humanity’s Set in a secular American democracy. Postmodern Religion’s role has been diminished. Rise in feminism
unquestioned relationship with God to a more secular exploration and fascination of what it is to be an individual with free will support of the reigning Tudors, the play written in the Elizabethan period would have captured the imagination of an audience aware of the ongoing political tension and intrigue Religion supported political propaganda Cultural RIII LFR Elizabethan concerns Renaissance values and beliefs Emphasis was placed upon materialism Challenged and opposed the traditional ways of understanding the world and humanity Intense speculation and debate Extreme versions of Renaissance Christianity and classical tradition of revenge Tensions between traditional religion and humanism Creates a dramatic world involving a strong appeal to Christian religiousness and an ambiguous appeal to a traditional sense of divine authority and protestant concern with individual conscience The Tudors have a vested interest in perpetuating the mythology of their divine right to rule Secular views of 21st century American values Postmodern literary views American Hollywood entertainment influences Notions of who has the authority to write official history and who has the right to dictate high and low art emerged
Purpose RIII LFR Entertain through an enigmatic villain and provoke thought about what it is to be human

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