Richard III Questions and Answers
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In Shakespeare's Richard III, what strategies does Richard use to set his plots in motion? Why are they so effective?

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In Richard III , Richard uses a variety of tactics to achieve his ultimate goal, the English throne.  His tactics vary primarily according to the characters with which he interacts.  Shortly after the play opens, the reader/viewer gets a clear picture of Richard's physical appearance, specifically his physical deformity.  Richard concludes that his physical appearance tends to cast him in a negative light among those in his family and at court.  Rather than fight their perception of him, he embraces his deformity, using it as a physical representation of his psychological self.  Though he reaches this conclusion, Richard presents himself as a loyal, awkwardly charming political figure; however, his real motives are far darker.  Richard turns on this charm with specific characters, if he sees that it could work to his advantage.  This is specifically the case with Anne, the woman Richard wants to marry.  It is the common perception that Richard had Anne's future husband...

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