Richard III's Climb to the Throne Analytical Essay

An analysis of how Shakespeare, in "Richard III", makes Richard's climb to the throne so dramatically compelling.
# 150140 | 1,041 words | 0 sources | 2011 | FR

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The paper focuses on Shakespeare's use of irony and imagery in "Richard III". The paper describes how the verbal irony and vivid imagery conveys Richard's compelling climb to the throne in a dramatic fashion.

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"Firstly, we will see that Shakespeare makes Richard's climb to the throne dramatically compelling through the use of irony. There are two types of irony used in Richard III, verbal and dramatic irony. In the first steps of his climb to the throne, Richard tells Clarence Act 1 "Brother, farewell". This is an example of verbal irony, what Richard says has a double meaning that Clarence doesn't understand. Clarence only sees friendly greetings in these words, however, Richard literally says goodbye to his brother because he knows he's going to be murdered soon (as well as the audience). It makes Richard's actions compelling as it gives a humorous effect to the play. It also emphasises the fact that Richard indulges in hypocrisy because he pretends to be virtuous and friendly even though he is not, he only appears to be. Clarence truly believes what his brother Richard tells him, because when the two murderers in the end of Act 1 tell Clarence that Richard is the one who sent them to murder him, Clarence cannot believe it and says "It cannot be, for he bewept my fortune,/ And hugged me in his arms, and swore with sobs/ That he would labour my delivery"."

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