Illustrating Conflict in The Tragedy of Richard III Storyboard

Illustrating Conflict in The Tragedy of Richard III Storyboard
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Richard III Lesson Plans

The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Until recently, the popular opinion of King Richard III was that he was an evil hunchback who killed two little boys, brought an end to the era of the House of York, and brought about the glory of the Tudor family. Much of his reputed evil deeds comes from William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Richard III. Some have suggested that Richard III was unfairly demonized in order to paint the Tudor family as the saviors of England. Regardless of the more recent speculation, The Tragedy of Richard III remains one of the most chilling tales of the potential destructiveness of a man’s ambition and pride.

The Tragedy of Richard III

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King Richard III literary Conflict

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  • Richard? King? No way.
  • He's too dangerous.
  • Richard asks Lord Buckingham to kill the two young princes in the Tower. Buckingham hesitates at Richard’s orders because the request is so heinous. Richard believes that Buckingham is weak and cannot be trusted. Buckingham flees to Wales and raises an army against Richard; however, he is captured, and Richard eventually has Buckingham beheaded.
  • As Richard goes to sleep the night before battle, he is visited by the ghosts of those whom he has killed: Prince Edward, Henry VI, Clarence, Rivers, Grey, Vaughan, the Princes, Hastings, Anne, and Buckingham. When Richard awakes, he is terrified, and realizes he hates himself, that he is guilty of murder, and that it is time to despair over what he has done.
  • The people of England do not want Richard to be crowned king. While Buckingham tries to drum up support for a Richard III bid for the throne, the people all recognize Richard for what he really is: a dangerous man. Richard’s deeds and reputation precede him, and the people do not want him as their king.
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