In Act four Scene two an interesting situation occurs, when Buckingham asks for more time to think about killing the two princes but Richard takes this very badly and says that he will not trust Buckingham again, “Tut, tut, thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes” (Act four Scene two) He then gets someone who will do it for money with no questions.
This is showing that he is weakening because before he was crowned he would fight against Buckingham but now he just sends him away. This could affect the view of the audience towards Richard because he is becoming weaker and perhaps less attractive because of this.
In the final few scenes when Richard talks to his army and Richmond to his Richard appears to be very brave even when he hears the news that Derby has deserted him he still goes into the battle. Up to his final words, he is determined not to give up and to kill Richmond, “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! “(Act five Scene four) This last part of the play and Richards’s life I think truly impacts on the whole of the audience because even though he has committed horrific crimes and dreadful deeds the audience may be able to forgive him and admire his courage, which in turn leads to his attractiveness and character.
In conclusion, I think that throughout the play Shakespeare presents Richard as an interesting and attractive character. The audience can pick up on this in every part of the play and right up to the end Richard is attractive to the audience and achieves, in my opinion, the goal of an evil and dastardly man combined with someone who is interesting and has motives that are complex and intricate.