King Richard III Essay | The Invocation of Moral Codes in Richard III

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The Invocation of Moral Codes in Richard III

Summary: Essay consists of a description of physionomy and morality in Shakespeare's "Richard III."
Shakespeare's Richard III is from the outset a very moral play. It opens with an introduction to the character of Richard in his "Now is the winter..." speech. In this we are first introduced to the idea of a man becoming evil from his own free will, excused (by him) on the grounds of his inability to fit in with the physical ideals of society, saying, "And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover... I am determined to prove a villain." Although we are not, at this point, given a definite indication of Shakespeare's opinion on this moral position, it is the opening for a discussion on what is morally acceptable, which is continued quite decisively throughout the play.

The character of Richard is the ideal tool for this purpose. He is apparently a heartless, unscrupulous, bloody "cockatrice." He kills without remorse...

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