One of Richards most dangerously alluring characteristics is his manipulative speech. He is undoubtedly the most articulate character in the whole of the play, making him dangerous to encounter. He proves, throughout the play, that, with the aid of his honey words, he can free himself from any situations that may jeopardise, his plot and thus his path to the throne. One of the most improbable situations, which Richards verbal dexterity allows him to escape, is his confrontation with Anne (Act I Scene III), at the funeral of her late husband Edward Prince of Wales, who died at the hands of Richard following the Battle of Tewkesbury.
Of course Anne feels pure hate towards Richard because of the pain he has inflicted upon her and her family. In the beginning of their encounter her revulsion towards Richard is evident in the tone of her speech; Foul devil, for Gods sake hence, and trouble us not¦ It is quite clear that Anne holds, in her heart, a passionate hatred towards Richard, as he ruined her family. Other examples of her abhorrence of Richard are the names, to which she refers to him with, ¦infection of a man Foul devil¦ ¦thou lump of foul deformity The latter insult is very wounding towards Richard as it refers to his deformity, i.e. his withered arm, which he is very aware of, he makes many comments throughout the play about it, (Act I scene I) Cheating of feature by dissembling Nature But I, that am not shaped for sporting tricks¦
¦descant upon my own deformity. And thinks himself inferior because of it, ¦since I cannot prove a lover¦ This reference to Richards deformity, by Anne reflects how angry she is. In some parts of the confrontation she even curses him, Either heavn with lightening strike the murderer dead¦ Previously, before Richard enter the scene she makes many hurtful curses upon Richard and his prospective wife, If ever he have a child, abortive be it; May fright the hopeful mother at the view ¦ With hindsight it is clear to see how ironic these curses are because Anne ultimately becomes Richards wife. Yet how was Anne transformed from hatred, to an ounce of affection, after the crimes Richard has committed against her and her family? Simply, when she finally gives Richard an opportunity to speak, Anne is lured by his dexterity in the art of deceit. He skilfully turns the blame towards, as he claims it was her beauty which drove him towards such heinous crimes,
Your beauty was the cause of that effect¦ His disingenuous tactics prove advantageous as slowly but surely she calm, falling a prey to his deception. Allowing Richard time to speak is a fatal error as she lets her guard down and becomes susceptible to his lies. At one point he gauges that he has turned her mind from hate to slight affection, and offers her his sword to kill him for his crimes, and to rid him of the pain he feels because of the great affection he feels for Anne which is not mutual; Lo here I lend thee this sharp pointed sword Which if thou please to hide in this true breast¦ His verbal skill is and obviously has been influential enough to turn Annes feelings, and he has picked a key moment to prove his love, as at any point before she perhaps would have gladly buried the sword in his chest. He picks the right moment where she has been stunned and confused by his actions, and the fact that he has offered his sword for Anne to kill him, confirms his true feelings for her.
He even previously utters some very callous words about Anne and his feelings towards her, ANNE; Some dungeon RICHARD; Your bed chamber The fact that Richard has the courage to utter such a tasteless comment speaks highly of his audacity and confidence, and shows that he gauges that he has the intelligence to remedy this whole situation, no matter how difficult the predicament he finds himself in is. His air of confidence is dangerously alluring because it shows him to be a very strong character, and some women find confidence an attractive quality. Richard IIIs character explores the attraction of an anti hero, just as Heathcliff did in the novel Wuthering Heights.
In this scene of the play Richard uses his skill to win Anne over and accomplish another part of his plot to become King. Richards intelligence allows him to see that by marrying Anne he is safe-guarding his position on the throne as he will have an alliance with the House of York through his own blood and Lancaster through Annes. He shows how he can exploit Anne to make his path to being King even stronger. This scene is perhaps the best example of how dangerously alluring Richard is as when you contrast the beginning and the end of the scene it is clear to see what Richard has accomplished.