2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Perceptions of Monstrosity in Richard III
Antonio B. Gomez Doggett
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

From his first monologue, Richard Duke of Gloucester seems to attribute the crookedness of his mind to the crookedness of his spine. Using the perpetuation of the Elizabethan, and indeed older, stigma that physical deformity was either caused by one's own sin or the sins of one's parents, Shakespeare casts the King, perhaps wrongfully, as a monster. What is interesting, however, is that those around Richard III do not seem as repulsed by his appearance as by his monstrous behaviour. This paper, through analysis of the characters surrounding Richard, seeks to show that deformity was not the cause of his peers hate, but his murders and moral trespasses --Richard only interprets these assaults as stemming from deformity.

Keywords: Richard III, Shakespeare, Scoliosis

Topic(s):English
Theatre

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 102-4
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:45

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