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How does Richard III seduce Lady Anne?

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tashan9ad | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2009 at 2:59 AM via web

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How does Richard III seduce Lady Anne?

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Posted January 28, 2009 at 3:53 AM (Answer #1)

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It is among the more remarkable scenes in Shakespeare's "Richard III": The monstrous title character seduces Lady Anne beside the bleeding corpse of her father, whom he has only recently butchered along with her husband. She spits in her suitor's face and calls him "lump of foul deformity," but in due course lets him slip a ring on her suddenly pliant finger. He gloats over his seemingly impossible triumph. Richard seduces Lady Anne to gain power through her familial connections. He then rumors her sickness and impending death in order to kill her.

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