King Richard III Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What do Richard's remarks at the opening of the play mean?

Richard's remarks at the opening of the play mean that the bitter war between the Lancasters and the Yorks is at an end. The Yorks are now in power, and rule over England.

2. In the opening soliloquy, what is Richard's wish?

Richard's wish, which is expressed in the opening soliloquy, is to be a villain, a goal he begins trying to achieve immediately.

3. What is Richard's reason for wanting chaos in England?

Richard wants chaos in England because of his deformity. He believes that others cannot love him because of his looks, so he wants to cause others pain.

4. How is Edward's punishment of Clarence his own doing, and not Richard's fault?

Although Richard created the prophecy that he told Edward, Edward did not have to listen to Richard. Instead, Edward could have reacted differently. However, Edward listened to Richard and punished Clarence. Therefore, Clarence's punishment was the doing of Edward, and not of Richard.

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