They had to end the play there and then and I got expelled, but it was worth it.
Richard III The Tragedy of King Richard the Third Wars of the Roses 8 , William ShakespeareRichard III is a historical play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1592 It depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III of England The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such Occasionally, however, as in the quarto edition, it is termed a tragedy Richard III concludes Shakespeare s first tetralogy also containing Henry VI parts 1 3 It is the second longest play in the canon after Hamlet, and is the longest of the First Folio, whose version of Hamlet is shorter than its Quarto counterpart The play is often abridged for example, certain peripheral characters are removed entirely In such instances extra lines are often invented or added from elsewhere in the sequence to establish the nature of characters relationships A further reason for abridgment is that Shakespeare assumed that his audiences would be familiar with the Henry VI plays, and frequently made indirect references to events in them, such as Richard s murder of Henry VI or the defeat of Henry s queen, Margaret 2002 1379 368 9640007048 1389 9789640007044 1452 1485 16 Richard III Is One Of Shakespeare S Most Popular Plays On The Stage And Has Been Adapted Successfully For Film This New And Innovative Edition Recognizes The Play S Pre Eminence As A Performance Work A Perspective That Informs Every Aspect Of The Editing Challenging Traditional Practice, The Text Is Based On TheQuarto Which, Brings Us Closest To The Play As It Would Have Been Staged In Shakespeare S Theater The Introduction, Which Is Illustrated, Explores The Long Performance History From Shakespeare S Time To The Present The Commentary Gives Detailed Explanation Of Matters Of Language, Staging, Text, And Historical And Cultural Contexts, Providing Coverage That Is Both Carefully Balanced And Alert To Nuance Of Meaning Documentation Of The Extensive Textual Variants Is Organized For Maximum Clarity The Readings Of The Folio And The Quarto Are Presented In Separate Sections, And Specific Information Is Given At The Back Of The Book Appendices Also Include Selected Passages From The Main Source And A Special Index Of Actors And Other Theatrical Personnel Ah good old Dick III Killing yer husbands, killing yer children An all round family guy.
Now is the winter of our discontentMade glorious summer by this sun of York And all the clouds that lour d upon our houseIn the deep bosom of the ocean buried A powerful study of evil Richard, though, is made to becomplex than the medieval personification of Vice,human and thus,terrible No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity But I know none, and therefore am no beast.
A horse a horse my kingdom for a horse Poor old Richard I think you neededthan that horse to save your kingdom.
4 out of 5 stars to William Shakespeare s famous play, Richard III, one of his War of the Roses tragedies produced in the 16th century in England People have generally heard of this King, and knowabout him than they realize, but he is not one of thefamously read plays in high school or college, falling behind thepopular comedies and tragedies of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and A Mid Summer Night s DreamWhy This BookAlthough I read this play in high school, I had ain depth read in a Shakespeare course where we compared each play to a painting of our choosing and a TV or Film adaption instructor choice We watched the 1995 film version starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Robert Downey, Jr.
, a modern re appropriation of the film using themes from the play and fairly current politicsOverview of StoryRichard III wants to be king, but he s third in line behind his brothers He s also angry over a physical deformity, carrying a rather huge chip on his shoulder He goes on a small killing spree, then forces one of the widows into marrying him He has his brother the king executed and makes it look like his other brother committed the crime All that stands in his way are his 2 young nephews, and while Richard is ruling the country until his nephew is older, it s just not enough for him He manipulates others into asking for him to become the permanent king, and then secretly locks the princes in a tower or kills them The world may never know Over a short period of time, he becomes mocked and disliked, as the people know he is a horrible man When his wife is no longer valuable to him, he has her killed and attempts to marry the daughter of the former Queen young enough to be his granddaughter supposedly , to strengthen his claim to the throne The battle begins for the throne, and Richard has a dream he will die The next day, he is killed by his rival, who then marries the daughter of the former Queen and becomes the new KingApproach Style1 It s written in the late 16th century, so some of the language requires some interpretation.
2 It was a play, so not a typical book read with a specific point of view.
3 It s based on reality most of the plot actually happened to the kings and queens of that timeStrengthsShakespeare knew how to write His language was beautiful His words created vibrant and memorable images He included themes and motifs across the scenes He took as much from reality as he could, interjecting only enough balance of humor to offend some, but not those who would imprison him.
The story is simply fantastic So many things people talk about today come from Richard III, including a few lines from this play My Kingdom for a horse is a very famous line Most everyone who knows a thing or two about British kings and queens are familiar with the young boys imprisoned in the tower And when Richard III s body was dug up in 2012 in a parking lot in Leicester, the world waited to find out if it was actually him or just some other skeleton It WAS him.
Brothers fighting brothers Power hungry man with either a hunchback, curled hand or limp leg many different versions interpretations It s a bloody story, but helps teach a lot of history to kids in schoolOpen Questions ConcernsFor one thing, it s Shakespeare, so there s little wrong with it But it s not for everyone And not an easy read.
Questions and concerns areabout 1 Did Shakespeare really write it, or was it a ghost writer 2 Did Richard III really kill the boys, or did they die somehow else 3 What was his deformity 4 Was he really all that bad, or did Shakespeare mock him and for 450 years, we ve all played a game of telephone If you don t know that one, email me 5 Which TV or Film was the best adaption You must see the one I noted above It s brilliant A masterpiece in acting, plot re creation and sceneryFinal ThoughtsIf you re going to read it, invest the time in reading all the plays tied together for the War of Roses Get to know the characters, look up their realities, understand their relationships, and jump in with eyes wide open Don t just read it because it sounds like a good story There sto it, and you won t enjoy the style of the play without having the affinity for 450 year old words and a love of British royaltyAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by.
, , I remembered this play as being nothingthan a superb melodrama organized around a charismatic, one dimensional villain, but I now realize it iscomplex than that Richard s deformity is not merely a physical sign of spiritual evil, but also a metaphor for the twisted era of internecine and intra generational violence of which he himself is the inevitable conclusion Richard claims that his disability disqualifies him for a peaceful age s love making, but his effective wooing of Lady Anne literally over her husband s dead body belies this claim No, Richard, who from infancy has known nothing but civil war and betrayal, can only be effective when he is either murdering his Plantagenet relatives or plotting to do so Thus, when he finally becomes king, he can neither enjoy the honor nor rise to the challenge, and therefore is soon plagued with nightmares and consigned to destruction Richard fancies himself as the medieval Vice, commenting sardonically to the audience on the action he has devised, heedless of the fact that he is also part of a universal moral design Richard, who embodies in concentrated form the worst deeds of his time, must be purged so that a new age can be established.
It is here that the women of the play become important, transforming it into Senecan if not Sophoclean tragedy In periodic choruses, the queens Margaret, Elizabeth and Anne plus the Duchess of York mourn their children and others who have been snatched from them by civil war, and call down vengeance on Richard and other murderers The interesting thing about this chorus, however, is that it is not composed of unified expressions of grief and vengeance, for the woman continually curse and blame each other, each proclaiming her own sorrow as somehow superior to that of the others Ironically, the age s long history of crimes against mothers deprives even maternal grief of its unity I believe this is Shakespeare s first self conscious attempt to create tragedy in the classical sense out of popular drama The conception of the women s chorus both a traditional tragic chorus and at the same time somethingpersonal,ironic is particularly impressive in this regard Unfortunately, however, Shakespeare overreached himself In execution, the chorus of queens is often whiny and wearying, and slows down the action without illuminating it Nevertheless, it is a great step toward the tragic resonances of the major plays.