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construct. Pacino draws on modern democratic ideals and current political realities to parallelRichard’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 andBuckingham throughout KRIII are made in LFR by KEVIN SPACEY in attempt to makeShakespeare more contextually relevant to modern American perspectives and to allowaudiences 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 contextualinfluences. Throughout KRIII, Shakespeare explores humanity and introduces a powerfuldeception 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 throughsymbolic descriptions of Richard as a ‘bloody and usurping boar’ and a ‘foul’ ‘toad’ highlighthis loss of human qualities and his primitiveness. These become recurring motifs within theplay and they serve to raise the question whether someone can become so corrupt with evilthat they cease to be human anymore. KRIII is responsive to existent tension betweenElizabethan society’s shift in providentialist viewpoints to the emergence of humanism andthe secular exploration of an individual’s free will. This change in thought is evident in the