Richard– Content in being eternally evil

As all of us can conclude, Richard is a very evil man and commits awful actions throughout the entire play. While reading the end of the play I came to the conclusion that Richard is fully aware of his evilness and he embraces that fact, as he dies an evil man. In the very beginning of the play Richard admits he is evil and justifies it. “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover/To entertain these fair well-spoken days,/ I am determinèd to prove a villain/And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”. (1.1 lines 27-30). Richard believes that since he was born ugly and is not deserving of love or power, he will become a villain and take that power for himself. And that is just what he does.

After killing his brother, nephews, and torturing the women in the family Richard never feels remorse. Richard had a thought out plan in the beginning and follows it through to get what he wants. I find his final speech to his troops very interesting because after killing all of these people, getting the crown, and losing all of his family he still feels no remorse and is still completely evil. He speaks to his soldiers convincing them to take down Richmond because Richmond has everything that they want. He also says that Richmond can take everything from them. He says; “To desperate ventures and assured destruction./ You sleeping safe, they bring to you unrest;/You having lands and blessed with beauteous wives,” (5.3.340-344). He then continues to convince his troops that they are going to rape their daughters. I find this speech so interesting because all of the accusations Richard makes are actions that I think only he himself would be capable of. I think that at this point Richard knows he is going to die. I believe that in this speech he is trying to instill strength in his soldiers to fight so his name lives on and his enemy family of England never can take back over. The way Richard speaks about his soldier’s families, wealth, and land, possibly being taken from them he gets the soldiers to want to continue to fight. Richard is so manipulative and evil here…. Almost reminding me of Hitler.
Finally, when we come to the end of Richard’s life, in Richard’s final scene he goes out an evil man. Fighting for his cause until the end, Richard says; “Slave, I have set my life upon a cast,/And I will stand the hazard of the die./I think there be six Richmonds in the field; /Five have I slain today instead of him.” In these lines Richard says to a peasant that he has gambled his life on this plan and he is going to do what it takes to continue. I think these lines really show Richard’s true character. He is nearing the end of his life, yet he is going to keep going. Richard is not sorry for what he has done, and he in no way regretting his actions. I really believe that Richard is content with being eternally evil.


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