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King Richard III Essay | Critical Essay #9

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Critical Essay #9

Source: "The Wooing of Lady Anne: A Psychological Inquiry," in Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 29, No.1, Winter, 1978, pp. 28-36.

[Shupe applies psychological theories to the Wooing of Anne in Richard III to prove that the scene is a realistic one. Using a scale called "Mach IV" (which rates people according to their level of Machiavellian tendencies) Shupe concludes that Richard has a "High Mach" personality and is thus able to manipulate people coolly and ruthlessly, while Anne, who responds emotionally and ethically, has a "Low Mach" personality and is therefore easily manipulated by him.]

Early in Richard III, Richard, as part of his plot to win the throne, decides to marry the Lady Anne. He undertakes her wooing at what would appear to be the least propitious moment for such an enterprise, during the funeral procession for her father-in-law, Henry VI, whom Richard has murdered. Richard, already responsible for the...

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