King Richard Iii and Looking for Richard
Discuss this statement with close, detailed reference to both texts set for study.
Power is defined as the possession of control or command over people and events. In Shakespeare’s play ‘King Richard III’, the centrality of power is communicated through characters and their pursuit for power while in ‘Looking for Richard’, Al Pacino’s docudrama exploring Richard as a character, his struggle for power is portrayed as well as Pacino’s struggle as he produces …show more content…
Shakespeare exaggerates Richard’s physical deformities from the beginning of the play, implying that his evil nature is reflected in his body. An Elizabethan audience would have associated the deformities with Richard’s evil nature, and that because he lacks sex appeal and doesn’t want to ‘court an amorous looking glass’, he sets out to prove himself a villain. It would be understood that Richard is trying to compensate for the areas in which he lacks through his pursuit for the throne.
Pacino, in his exploration of Richard as a character, depicts Richard’s deformity as one of Richard’s ‘problems’. The moment where Richard talks about his deformity is