Kings are generally thought to be beautiful, God-like humans
from a certain genealogy. They are placed at the throne due to
whom they were born to and/or who they marry. Richard of
Glouster is born of the royal family but, he does not possess the
qualities of a King to be legitimate according to Shakespeare’s
Richard and his brothers are all entitled to the throne if
their father dies. By killing
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be worth more.
Shakespeare’s depiction of Richard III’s rise and fall from
the throne clearly show that Richard’s claim to the throne is
more solid than his brothers. Yet, taking a closer look reveals
that Richard’s claim is illegitimate also. His illegitimacy is
not bound by bastardliness but by the qualities he possesses.
1) Shakespeare, William. Richard III. In The Norton Shakespeare.
Edited by Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton, 1997.