Pacino draws on modern democratic ideals and current political realities to

Pacino draws on modern democratic ideals and current

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construct. Pacino draws on modern democratic ideals and current political realities to parallel Richard’s situation to further promote the relevance of KRIII to a modern American audience. Connections between modern ‘Iran-Contra’ affairs and the scheming between Richard and Buckingham throughout KRIII are made in LFR by KEVIN SPACEY in attempt to make Shakespeare more contextually relevant to modern American perspectives and to allow audiences to understand the nature of the desire for power in KRIII. The idea of human nature is explored in KRIII and LFR in respect to their contextual influences. Throughout KRIII, Shakespeare explores humanity and introduces a powerful deception of what it means to be human. Richard’s initial assertions of himself as ‘unfinished’ and ‘half made up’ suggests he sees himself as less than human. This is furthered through symbolic descriptions of Richard as a ‘bloody and usurping boar’ and a ‘foul’ ‘toad’ highlight his loss of human qualities and his primitiveness. These become recurring motifs within the play and they serve to raise the question whether someone can become so corrupt with evil that they cease to be human anymore. KRIII is responsive to existent tension between Elizabethan society’s shift in providentialist viewpoints to the emergence of humanism and the secular exploration of an individual’s free will. This change in thought is evident in the

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