King Richard III - Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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King Henry VI and his son Edward of Wales have been killed. Lady Anne mourns their deaths because she was married to Edward. Anne curses Richard for having killed her husband and father-in-law. She hopes that if Richard marries, his wife will be as miserable as Anne is now, and hopes their children will be deformed and hideous.

When Anne is finished, she orders that the coffin be taken to be buried. Richard enters and commands that the coffin be put down. Anne is furious that he would dare try to interfere in Henry's burial. She says that he killed Henry's physical body, but even though he is the devil, cannot have his soul. Anne berates Richard for his evil actions, but he defends himself, saying that he was not the cause of Henry and Edward's deaths, her beauty was the cause. Richard claims to have killed the men out...

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