Richard III | Study Guide

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richard-III-william-shakespeareRichard, Act I, Scene Iam determinèd to prove a villain And hate the idle pleasures of these days. Sources: British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Royal Shakespeare CompanyCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.GhostsSymbolize how bloody deeds return to haunt RichardWhite BoarRepresents how Richard tramples and attacks all who oppose himTower of LondonSymbolizes Richards secret, murderous rise to powerSymbolsBrave, noble opponent to Richard; kills him in battle and reunites BritainEarl of RichmondPragmatic, devious right-hand man to Richard; rebels against himDuke of BuckinghamVulnerable widow; victim of Richards sadistic desire and seductive deceitLady AnneAmbitious, devious trickster and killer with his eye on the crown of EnglandKing Richard IIIMain CharactersThe author of at least 37 plays, Shakespeare is considered the preeminent dramatist of the English language. Richard III concluded his first cycle of history plays and cemented his reputation on the London stage. A study of a man who will do anything to attain political power, Richard III remains relevant today.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorAfter years of skulking in his brother Edwards shadow, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has his chance to seize the English throne. To keep it, he will murder his family, execute his enemies, and marshal an army to fend off foreign invaders.A Stolen Crown & an Unsteady ThroneOVERVIEWRebels led by the Earl of Richmond put an end to Richards reign of terror.Act V: A Vanquished TyrantOnce crowned, Richard III secures his rule through murder and treachery.Act IV: A Cruel KingAs Duke of Gloucester, Richard plots a bloody path to the throne.Acts I–III: A Scheming DukeEnglishOriginal Languagec. 1592–94Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorRichard IIIHistoryPlay

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