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Why is Richard lll an integral part of Shakespearian literature?I have to explain why...

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Posted July 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM via web

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Why is Richard lll an integral part of Shakespearian literature?

I have to explain why we should still study Shakespeare, but somehow relate it to the topic of a villain (Richard lll).

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shaketeach | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM (Answer #2)

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Perhaps the advice of knowing your enemy is appropriate.  Yes, he is a villain and even tells us he is and why.  He is a silver tongued devil, so to speak and can get other to do what he wants.  He is a master at manipulating language and people.

Mankind hasn't really changed a lot when it comes to power.  History has shown us that when a man wants power, he will do just about anything to get it.

Ask yourself what the difference is between modern politicians and their quest for power and Richard.  Not all politicians are like Richard but by reading the play, we can hopefully learn to read the signs of of men like Richard.

Richard is a wonderful character to study and Shakespeare has given us a great insight.

 

 

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