Richard III: A True Tragedy

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Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Richard III, raises many questions whether or not it should be considered a tragedy. Many would say yes and many no, but what is Richard’s true tragedy in this play? Richard III’s, true tragedy was being an unloved and unlovable man. His desperate desire for love spirals him into becoming a criminal. His deformed body, or being hunchbacked, is merely an outward sign of his hatred within. Richard is fully conscious of his own misfortunes, and has been told by not only his mother, but others, such as the widow. Richard could not truly love himself for who he was, therefore no other person could love him either. “In order to love someone, you must first love yourself.” Richard’s death has the audience feeling sympathy for him, because he died a lonely man, who just wanted to be loved, and caused more pain to himself and others. Two characteristics of tragedy involves a hero whom the audience must feel sympathy for and have a tragic downfall, in which Richard meet both. Richard had become a character of Shakespeare’s unique…show more content…
She wants Richard to understand that she portrays him as a deformed, prematurely born, rooting hog, and evil birth defect. She goes on to say how Richard was an insult to his mother’s womb and a hated disgrace to his father’s sperm. She continues with the intention to finish, only to be interrupted after she tells him he is dishonorable and disgusting in her eyes. Her words are like weapons to Richard, yet fuel his hatred for himself inside and out. In act four, scene one, Richard’s own mother refers to her womb as an “accursed womb, the bed of death” (54)! Richard as a “cockatrice” (55) that she has “hatch’d to the world” (55) and his gaze kills anything that it lands on. In act 4 scene 4 she gives him the “most grievous curse” (189). Richard is ultimately denied a mother’s love. He is the unloved man, who just wants to be

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