November 5, 2004
"Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York." The opening line of Richard III is remarkable, it begins with a statement by Richard expressing his jealousy and frustrations concerning his struggle to be king. Shakespear does not slowly build the plot, but rather opens to the play with Richard's plot to be king. From the very moment that Richard plots to be king, Shakespear is bating the audience into an entertaining play for his audience. Shakespears' intent is set toward keeping his audience happy, because a happy audience means a happy pocket book.