Stratford-upon-Avon, England English dramatist and poet The English playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare was a popular dramatist.
Shakespeare was a brilliant playwright, but nevertheless, he was not a historian; Unfortunately for history, and for Richard, the power and appeal of his plays make this small fact easy to forget. He also happens to be severely physically deformed. The inevitable feelings of inadequacy, envy, and frustration that this engenders are heightened when his military talents are no longer needed.
He then proceeds throughout the play to act on this assertion committing various acts of escalating treachery and cruelty. One cannot help but wonder how Shakespeare came by this vivid characterization, and how much he really knew about the people he wrote about.
It is hard to blame Shakespeare for his harsh portrayal of Richard.
Living as he did in the reign of Elizabeth I, granddaughter to Henry VII, he had access to a very limited range of facts. Naturally the Tudors, who destroyed the House of York at the Battle of Bosworth indid not want the last Yorkist king to have a sympathetic image, hence the desire to bend the truth.
The facts conveyed to Shakespeare, mostly through the medium of the irreproachable Thomas More, ended up every bit as mangled and deformed as the body of his fictional Richard. Now, who can possibly doubt the evidence of someone who Richard had imprisoned for treason?
He took what he was given and asked no questions. He may not have been stunningly handsome by any standards, but he was definitely far from deformed — he was an able warrior which even Shakespeare does not denyand an excellent dancer. His reign as king was short, but not because he was stifled in his tangled web of evil plots, but rather because he lacked the faculty for intrigue that Shakespeare assigns to him.
Richard hardly has time to express his dissatisfaction with the idleness of peacetime, when he rushes off to seduce Lady Anne, sending murderers to Clarence with one hand, and waving goodbye to the dying Edward with the other.
He takes over the throne in mere minutes, sweeping the young princes aside, and already Henry Tudor is closing in. Naturally for the sake of pacing, Shakespeare needed to draw out the highlights from the fifteen years these events really took up.
Shakespeare makes it amply obvious that he is prepared to cast all historical accuracy to the winds for the sake of his dramatic vision. His vision by the way, unjust and scathing as it is to Richard, leads him somewhat astray from what the Tudors may have wanted as well. His monologues are devoid of feeling and his character is too lifeless and formal to even seem virtuous.
Shakespeare really lets himself go with the character of Richard, however. Constantly breaking away from the action of the play, Richard speaks directly to us, sharing his thoughts, his feelings, and his schemes.
Shakespeare himself is swept up in awe of the skill, the malice, and the pure, exuberant wickedness of the character he has created.
It is only with deep regret that he sends Richard off to die at Bosworth. We forget Richmond as soon as the play ends, but we will always remember Richard.William Congreve (24 January – 19 January ) was an English playwright and poet of the Restoration period.
He is known for his clever, satirical dialogue and influence on the comedy of manners style of that period. He was also a minor political figure in the British Whig Party.
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