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Richard III

Coursework overview

Susie Tombs

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Richard III

Double click anywhere & add an idea The Portrayal of Richard III Disability historical stage effects implications modern/renaissance attitudes textual evidence different directors' interpretations What was Richard actually like? Why was it politically necessary for
Shakespeare to agree with the portrayal of
him as evil? How do different disabilities
affect our reactions? Should we notice his disability straight away? Is it offensive nowadays to
show Richard as physically disabled? parallels with other drama What is implied by his disability? What are we meant to feel about his disability?
admiration for him overcoming it
mixed How do we feel now about disability? Does modern society overvalue good looks? How does a modern director of the play have to
consider modern values in directing this play? What kind of disability is implied
in Richard's first speech? ('Now is the winter...') How do other characters refer to Richard? How much freedom is given to the director in choosing how to show Richard's disability? Is this play offensive to disabled people? Richard's speeches Images in the speeches Dramatic effect of a soliloquy What is revealed about Richard's personality? How is intimacy created? Variation in tone How are the two speeches different? Interview with Ian McKellen Reasons McKellen gives for finding Richard
an interesting character Points you found interesting in McKellen's interview Your opinion of Ian McKellen's interpretation of the role How his character unfolds
in the whole play Changes in your thoughts and feelings
towards Richard as the story moves on. Understanding the way his mind works He tells what he is planning
Does this spoil the suspense? How is he like or unlike
other villains? Pure evil/flawed human being/pantomime caricature? The point of the play Exploring extreme evil? An exciting chance to get close to
a dangerous and clever man? Political Propaganda? A moral tale - good will always triumph?
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