Gloucester

The play’s protagonist and villain, deformed in body and twisted in mind. At the beginning of the play Richard is the Duke of Gloucester and brother to King Edward IV. Later, he becomes King Richard III. He is evil, corrupt, sadistic, and manipulative, and willing to stop at nothing to become king. His intelligence, political brilliance, and dazzling use of language keep the audience fascinated—and his subjects and rivals under his thumb.

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