Alack, I love myself. Wherefore? For any good
That I myself have done unto myself?
O no, alas, I rather hate myself
For hateful deeds committed by myself.
I am a villain.
Margaret demonstrates the impotence of those in the court whose star is no longer ascending. As the widow of the deposed king, and a female, she isn’t seen as a threat to Richard’ …
… of Richard’s family.
The issue of quest for ascension to the throne, with all the murder and mayhem such an ambition can bring, was important to both Shakespeare and his audience. The “War of the Roses,” waged between two branches of the British royal family, was still recent history when Richard III was written. Queen Elizabeth I ruled England during this time. She was the granddaughter …
… children. Shakespeare’s knew that any time a monarch died, their country could be thrown into turmoil or even civil war.
Altering some historical facts to give Richard III a significant physical deformity and to place Margaret in England after the death of her husband Henry VI, Shakespeare creates in Richard a sympathetic character whom audiences can relate to in spite of his ruthless nature.