This will not be a good introduction. I finished the first act, and honestly, I have no idea what the heck is going on. I had to work for a Christmas party bartending, or I would have taken the day to research more about this play.
Top three things:
- Richard is the spitting image of Machiavelli’s Prince. Example:
Now, they believe it; and withal whet me
To be revenged on Rivers, Vaughan, Grey:
But then I sigh; and, with a piece of scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil:
And thus I clothe my naked villany
With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil. (I.iii.332-339)
- Murderer # 2, repenting from the death of Clarence
- Never do I remember reading a play that has a body count in the first act. It’s about to get crazy.
Okay, I’m busy. Until tomorrow.