A Study of King Richard III : Richard's Evil Dominates the Play

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This paper is one attempt to analyse the structure of Shakespeare's History Richard III and to consider Richard's evilness and the process of his obtaining the English crown and the way of his falling from it. There are many thematic and historical connections between the Henry VI trilogy and this play. This play is usually classified as a History. But this classification is still ambiguous because there are many phases of this play. This play has an ambivalent element between the tragedy and the history. This play is described as a rigid Tudor scheme of retributive justice and a straightforward dramatisation of the Tudor myth. The course of events is guided by a simple process of divine justice, dispensing rewards and punishment on earth. On the other hand, it is described as a comic history or tragic history, in which cruel and relentless things prevail. The reason is that excessive cruelty becomes comic. And some critics take Richard for a tragic hero. This play could be classified as a tragedy. This is because Richard has a complicated character and a tragic element while other characters may appear as flat characters which E. M. Foster described in his Aspects of the Novels. Saintly Richmond is a good example of it. He acts as England's saviour who destroys Richard's evilness, brings the end of the War of Roses and makes England peaceful.

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兵庫県立大学環境人間学部研究報告   [巻号一覧]

兵庫県立大学環境人間学部研究報告 7, 225-232, 2005-02-28  [この号の目次]

兵庫県立大学

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  • NII論文ID(NAID) :
    110004620712
  • NII書誌ID(NCID) :
    AA12014165
  • 本文言語コード :
    ENG
  • 雑誌種別 :
    大学紀要
  • ISSN :
    13498592
  • NDL 記事登録ID :
    7461011
  • NDL 雑誌分類 :
    ZV1(一般学術誌--一般学術誌・大学紀要) // ZM2(科学技術--科学技術一般--大学・研究所・学会紀要)
  • NDL 請求記号 :
    Z71-C805
  • 収録DB :
    NDL  NII-ELS 

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