Role Of Women In Richard The Third

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Superiority and overconfidence always seem to be closely associated with dominance and gender; and is amongst the dominant perspectives expressed by Shakespeare in the play, “Richard the Third”. The conflicting viewpoints of both sexes over superiority, is developed in Richard the third in the male point of view whereby Shakespeare reveals us to a male dominated world. “Why, I can smile...And murder while I smile!” It can be interpreted from the play that the: manipulative, malicious, power-hungry, Richard the third, did not have much regards for the life of women. Richard finds women inferior to men, has no respect for their emotions, and views them as tools. As far as the two major female characters of the play are concerned, Richard's attitude towards women becomes quite evident, and furthermore reflects his attitude towards life in a whole. It is prevalent in society that men demand to be acknowledged as superiors. In the play, Shakespeare conveys Richard’s view of the world as a man’s world whereby men are superior over women. “The king's name is a tower of strength. [Richard III, 5. 3] moreover, he believes that his authority declares his dominance. The women are presented as being on the sidelines to grieve or complain, in the cases of Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV's wife, and Lady Anne Warwick. As a result of Richards substandard view of women; both women are inferior to Richard and lose their strength and integrity to him. "The king's name is a tower of strength". Richard III Quote (Act V, Scene III). Richard’s only concern is acquiring the throne; he has no regards for the emotions of the people he has manipulated in doing so. "Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe" Richard III Quote (Act V, Scene III). Richard is not disturbed by a guilty

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