This is why every troupe should read Shakespeare’s Richard III


Shakespeare is one of the greatest authors in history and still as famous as he was when he was alive over 400 years ago. Every book he wrote has a lesson for everyone, and this one in particular, Richard III, has important lessons for the troops. Richard III is the main character of the book and is given the role of a king. According to historians, Richard III was a real king and not just a fictional character. Although the story is fun to read and easy to understand, it’s important to learn from the main character or other characters in the book.

Richard III is an intriguing yet terrifying character who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He is a member of the House of York, which triumphed over the Lancasters in a long struggle, but he hates his older brother’s authority and the complacency of others around him. His lower rank in the family and his deformed body make things even worse for him, making him determined to achieve his lofty dreams of becoming the ruler sooner. While these thoughts shouldn’t be entertained, it shows how serious he was with his dreams and how far he would go to achieve them.

Among his first acts was tricking Lady Anne into becoming his wife even though he killed her husband. He conspires to have his older brother Clarence executed, and he transfers the allegation of blame to his older brother, King Edward, hastening his demise. Following these events, Richard is given the mandate to rule England as a crown protectorate until Edward’s young sons come of age. This infuriates him even more as he knows the crown will be taken away from him sooner or later. As a result, he holds Edward’s sons captive and later kills them. Richard doesn’t stop there; he kills his wife, Lady Anne, with the ambition to marry Elizabeth, the daughter of King Edward.

Portrait of Richard III of England, painted c. 1520. (Public domain)

His actions sooner or later become known to the public and his subjects undermine his authority. Unfortunately, his supporters change allegiance, giving their loyalty to his rival Richmond. Richmond conquers England and marries Elizabeth, again uniting the House of York and Lancaster. With his victory comes peace and a new era of prosperity.

Richard barely sees disaster coming as he is too busy securing his throne. He fails to read the signs of discontent among his followers, which would have saved him from sudden death. The outcome of this Shakespearean book has a crucial lesson for soldiers everywhere. It shows how important it is to be moral and pursue your dreams in a legal way.

Although Richard’s story may seem negative on all counts, the troops can learn some positive lessons from it. It’s a great way to approach leadership and the qualities and skills that go with it. Being a leader means having power over your subjects. Once you have power, you have a lot of responsibilities to fulfill. A responsible leader will always find success in his leadership because he will always be responsible.

At the same time, as ambitious as we are, justice must always prevail. When Richard’s followers realized his deeds and method of unjust government, they became enraged and changed their loyalties to his rival. This led to his downfall, and since no one liked his leadership, they all vouched for his death. Finally, family is very important and should never be looked down upon as Richard was. In addition, respecting the hierarchy is crucial, no matter what plans we have for ourselves.


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