What are the typical elements in the play Richard III of William Shakespeare?

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Shakespeare’s Richard III displays many of the themes common to revenge tragedy. It has a villain who exhibits a dramatic extreme of evil who is obsessed with revenge against the society that despises him for being deformed. It has a sequence with the ghosts of people murdered. Innocent children are slain. It involves intricate plots and deceptions. Most of the characters most deeply involved in the vengeance plot, including the protagonist, end up dead.

Typical of Shakespeare’s works, it has scenes with rustics, major plot elements conveyed by reported speech, and several extended soliloquies.

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