Shakespeare - Looking for Richard

• Richard the Third is a play written by Shakespeare in the 1500s, it is a study in power and corruption and has shaped a view if Richard as a Machiavellian and tyrannical leader, intent on power at all costs.
• Pacino’s film “looking for Richard” explores the significance of this play and its themes. The film is part documentary and part re-enactment in order to find Richard in today’s society. Looking for Richard reconnects us with Shakespeare’s characters and themes reminding us that they are timeless. While the context, language and form have changed, Richard the third and looking for Richard are fascinated by Richard and represent him as a villain.
• Both texts are products of different times, yet they are connected thorough their exploration of what it is to be human. I'd say Pacino encourages us to explore and understand more deeply the corruption of power as well as the role of women in the play. Not only does he shed light on these concerns but he encourages us to see the continued relevance of this play.

• In the play “King Richard the Third” Richards’s desire for power causes countless corruption among himself and many associates involved with him, this impacts individuals in greater ways more than others. Throughout the play Richard proves he will do anything and act ruthlessly to secure his spot in the throne and maximise his power.
• His determination is shown in the line “I must be married to my brother daughter or else my kingdom stand on brittle glass” this statement confirms the importance of the throne in Richards eyes whilst showing his will to do so. The high modality of the word “must” emphasizes Richards’s determination in order to seek the throne. Richard also uses possessive language such as “my” which demonstrates his selfish intentions as he excludes all other associates from the kingdom. This impacts individuals such as the princes and Edward as they will fall during Richards’s ruthless rampage. The metaphor “my kingdom...