Richard III's Seduction of Anne Creative Essay by Nicky

Richard III's Seduction of Anne
This writer offers a re-write of Shakespeare's scene of Richard III's seduction of Anne.
# 149075 | 1,124 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 23, 2011 in History (British) , Shakespeare (Richard II and III)

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The writer re-writes the scene in Shakespeare's play that deals with Richard III's seduction of Anne and writes from Anne's point of view. The scene includes Anne reminiscing about her previous marriage to Edward to provide an understanding of the vulnerable state she was in when she met Richard III. The scene describes how Richard stole Anne's heart away from her good sense to obtain her consent in marriage.

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"No one had ever called me beautiful before--daughter, yes, wife, yes, and woman, yes, but never beautiful. Oh, I spat at him when he said it--but he gazed at me with a fixed, hypnotic stare so I could not look away.
"And then--and this was the truly extraordinary thing. This great warrior opened his shirt to me, lay open his white throat, and begged me to kill him. He said he repented of his crimes, the crimes of war--the crimes, I remembered, that were not specific to him, but had been committed by all soldiers during times of strife. Was he really indeed so much worse for raising his hand against a king he was commanded to kill? After all, it was not he who pitted the houses of Lancaster and York against one another. Who was I to take vengeance, and break the peace by killing him?
"What woman, other than Margaret, had held a sword? Certainly not I, with my gentle and trembling girl's hands. Bid me to kill myself, he said. How could I do so, and take such a grave and serious crime upon my soul? How could I inflict more ugliness into an ugly world, and treat Richard so, a man who had been rejected by his own mother, simply because of how he looked?"

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