Richard III—The Villain's Career
Lecture no. 12 from the course: William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies
Taught by Professor Peter Saccio | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Despite the length and detail of Richard III, a firm structure dominates. At the heart of the action is the titular villain. His aides amuse us and make us his confidants, sharers in his sense of superiority over his victims. Yet Richard's crimes mount to the point where we no longer can or will identify with him. On his final night their enormity at last hits him, and this master of asides develops a genuine inner voice, a conscience. In the process, the Shakespearean soliloquy begins to take shape.