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How does Richard prove a villain in Richard III?

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And therefore since I cannot prove a lover/To entertain these fair well-spoken days,/I am determined to prove a villain/And hate the idle pleasures of these days.

Straight from the villain's mouth.

It doesn't take long for Richard to tell us how plans to proceed.  In Henry VI, part 3, after he kills the king, he tells us,

Clarence, beware; thou kept'st me from the light---/But I will  sort a pitchy day for thee./For I will buzz aboard such prophecies/That Edward shall be fearful of his life,/And then, to purge his fear, I'll be thy death./Henry and his sons are gone; thou, Clarence, art next;/And one by one I will dispatch the rest,...

He continues explaining his plans in his opening soliloquy in Richard III. It must be remembered that a character is being totally honest in a soliloquy.  He also explains his reasons for what he has done and what he plans to do.

The beauty of this villain, is that he tells us that he is one, then he goes on to prove it with his actions.  Throughout each step...

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