Richard III

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“Shine out, fair sun, till I have bought a glass, That I may see my shadow as I pass...” - Bloody Richard Richard loves shadows. He mentions them constantly. They are a reminder of who he is. Every time he sees his shadow, he reflects upon his nature. His philosophy goes: Since God sent him to earth “deformed, unfinished,” he might as well play it up. He must “prove a villain.” And he does. Oh …

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…evil is. Evil may win several small battles, but will ultimately lose the war. Still, even though Richard was so horrible, he was the protagonist of this story while Richmond played the antagonist. Look at the valor of Richmond and his beautiful prayer. Strange how this switch of traditional roles works. Richard III is a beautiful play about ugliness. It is quite like it’s title character: ! a shadow cast from the sun. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**