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What is the tragic flaw within the character of richard the third?

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dejuan0220 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2010 at 1:12 AM via web

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What is the tragic flaw within the character of richard the third?

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mstokes | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 2:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Richard is malicious, power hungry and bitter about his physical deformity,

He is ruthless and plots to seize the throne by removing any and all impediments between him and the crown. Some critics have even surmised that he is suffering from bi-polar disorder (manic depression) – but perhaps that is taking the psychological evaluation a little far!

What sets him apart form other tragic heroes is the perverse joy he takes in his downfall, the way he stage manages his own tragedy and authors the kind of "sad tale" he imagines himself the hero of.

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