In Shakespeare's play Richard III, the main character is Richard. He is living a lie, acting day to day to achieve his ambitious goals. He plays the part of whoever he needs to, ensuring he pleases whoever he is with. His ambitious tasks seem impossible for someone who has caused so much harm and chooses to admit it to the very people he is trying to fool. For example, to Clarence he plays the part of a brother, fooling him into a state of trust and false reality who's unfortunate ending is in fact Richard's own doing! The Last Act of Richard III In Shakespeare's play Richard III, the main character Richard is developed as an actor - to the degree of morbidity.

Richard is forever putting on an act, and playing the part that he thinks will most please whomever he shares the stage with at a given moment. Not that to please is his ultimate goal, it is just a means to get what he wants -- which is the tempting role of the king. His acts are from the start plentiful, and for some time almost surprisingly effective. To Clarence he plays the Loving and Concerned Brother.

His counterfeit fools Clarence into a state of trust that is stunning to the spectator, who knows that the events which make Richard exclaim "We are not safe, Clarence, we are not safe!" (I. i. 70) are in fact Richard's own doing. spectator, who knows that the events which make Richard exclaim "We are not safe, Clarence, we are not safe!" (I. i. 70) are in fact Richard's own doing..