“Richard III” is a historical play script written by a well known play writer/poet William Shakespeare and cover’s interlocking themes such as Power, Justice, Betrayal, Manipulation, Compassion and forgiveness. In this essay I will be focusing in detail on what language techniques Richard uses to get what he wants. The main and most effective technique that Richard uses to get what he wants is by manipulating his language to have different interpretations. Also I will compare the similarities and differences on how his persuasive language and decisive action’s affect women especially in extracts act 1, scene 2 and act 4, scene 4.
These will be my main points of which I will cover throughout this essay and then I will conclude my findings. Manipulation is one of the most essential techniques that Richard III uses through his language to get what he wants in the play. Manipulation is language which is aimed at obtaining an unfair advantage or gaining control over others. Usually the sentence has an assumption (hidden meaning) embedded into it the target has implicitly (unclearly) agreed with the underlying assumption. It’s almost as if the words are being put into your mouth.
Richard uses this technique by saying a sentence and having an embedded perception within that sentence which tricks/forces the person to what he wants them to do or say. This form of language is very enigmatic to handle because you always have to think on your feet and be ready to reply in a controlled and devious manner. Think of this as a boxing fight, one person is on the attack and the other on the defense. Eventually the one on the attack will get tired and give up, so this would allow the one on the defense to knock him out.
This is what Richard does so well he manipulatively controls his language and actions throughout the scene. And towards the end he reacts more direct by deceitfully asking for what he wants and getting it because the opponent is tired and has given up similar to the boxing fight example above. More or less in “Richard III” male figures dominate in power and female’s are left to occupy an inferior role and often portrayed as lacking power and authority. The main protagonist in the play “Richard III” dominates in power because he is very procures with his language therefore e is able to maintain his power by deliberately using powerful, reassuring and commanding words and most significantly using a loud tone of voice to be heard and most of all to gain power. The main protagonist in the play “Richard III” is deformed in body but later on shows greater qualities by being twisted in mind, dominating in power and being manipulative with his language. Throughout the play he is determined to prove a villain by doing so he is very manipulative with his language therefore the audience is engaged in the play and his enemies are under his manipulative power.