Richard III

Richard III : Biography

William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. He was the third child of John Shakespeare, a glove-maker and businessman, and Mary Arden Shakespeare, the daughter of a wealthy landowner who inherited much of his estate when he died. The date of Shakespeare’s birth is not known. There are no records of …

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Richard III : Theme

Ambition and the Lust for PowerAmbition and the lust for power is the simplest and most obvious theme of the play. Richard III is driven relentlessly by ambition for the crown, and once having gained the crown, he seeks to keep it by any means necessary. It appears that he loves power, pure and simple. …

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Richard III : Metaphor

Animal ImageryIn the Henry VI trilogy, Shakespeare’s main use of figurative language was in extended similes in which characters compared their feelings or their situation to some process in nature. For example, in Henry VI part 3, Richard, then Duke of Gloucester, uses the image of an observer looking at a far-off place as a …

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Richard III : Character

Sir James Blunt Sir James Blunt is a supporter of Richmond. Sir Robert Brakenbury Sir Robert Brakenbury is the lieutenant of the Tower of London. He is killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham The Duke of Buckingham is a supporter of Richard who willingly goes along with Richard’s plans …

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