King Richard III - Act 5, Scene 4 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 4 Summary

The battle ensues. Richard's horse has been slain, but he continues to fight, looking for Richmond. However, there are a number of men dressed like Richmond, so he is having a hard time finding him. He wishes for a horse.

Act 5, Scene 4 Analysis

In this scene, we see the famous line, "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!" The line reflects Richard's priority from the beginning of the play- himself. All of his deeds were committed to gain power for himself, and once he had it, to protect himself. Now, on the battlefield, Richard again thinks of himself. He cares nothing for his kingdom or his cause, only wishes he had a horse so that he might escape alive.

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