Shakespeare's Richard III: Character Analysis


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Why do some readers and viewers of Richard III consider Richard to be an anti-hero at the start of the play?

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1. Why is Richard III considered to be the protagonist of the play that bears his name?

2. Which of the following statements offers the best definition of the concept of the anti-hero as it applies to Richard in Richard III?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Analyzing Richard III in Shakespeare's play leads to different interpretations and theories about his character. This quiz and worksheet will test you on the plot of the play and the different viewpoints on this character.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following:

  • Definitions of anti-hero and protagonist
  • Plot and background of the play Richard III
  • Analysis of Richard III's character
  • Differing viewpoints on Richard III as a character in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related English lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as anti-hero and protagonist
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the character of Richard III

Additional Learning

To learn more about Richard III as a character, review the accompanying lesson titled Shakespeare's Richard III: Character Analysis. The lesson includes these objectives:

  • Define anti-hero, protagonist, antagonist, and villain
  • Understand the plot of Shakespeare's Richard III
  • Analyze the character of Richard III in the play
  • Understand different viewpoints on the character