Discuss Al Pacino's and Shakespeare's presentation of conscience in act 1 scene 4 and act 5 scene 3 (looking for Richard and Richard III) and their attitudes toward it, respectively.
Al Pacino's and Shakespeare's Presentation of Conscience
Through the exploration of what it is to be human, Al Pacino's film "Looking for Richard" and Shakespeare's play are together transient products of their period, developed for entertaining the societal viewers. Shakespeare employs the use of linguistic techniques while Pacino used costume, interviews, and filmic devices to demonstrate conscience (Shakespeare, 2014). Pacino uses film to relate Shakespeare by depicting the skills of performance and highlight his influences of language for the current people. Their attitudes towards conscience are mostly presented in Act one scene four and Act five scene three in both the film and play.
In act one scene four, Shakespeare portrays his attitude towards human conscience as indicated by the two murderer's argument in assassinating Clarence. The first assassinator appears without any trouble of being the doer; he assured Richard he will be while the next murderer is mostly of talking. He tries to think the repercussions of his deeds and argue with his conscience and continues to reason how life would be simple without conscience. Discussion by the murderers calls the audience to feel the weight of their concern as Shakespeare reduces their dilemma with compelling drama. He observes and express every thought is a manner that a whole individual was stated and began to sound in it (Gürle, 2011). The ideas of interpretation and speeches struggling with the implications of decent selections provided Shakespeare great dramatic prosperity. Shakespeare's attitude towards the erratic murder measures conscience as making an individual coward.
According to Al Pacino in his film "looking for Richard," the plot of killing by the two murderers provide insight of conscience on their argument. The character Brakenbury utters that he is likely not to reason on what is meant at the moment since he will be of no guilt from its meaning. According to Pacino & Kimball (1996), Richard's simplicity of cause, brutal exploitation of dissenting and conceptual restrictions that compels other people and the alertness among conscious sleep-walkers. Al Pacino's film provides a vivid move of the characters, Brackenbury possesses a contradicting mind in his statements. He does not want to be guilty of what is likely to happen from the murder. In the film, conscience is demonstrated mostly in act one scene four.
In act five scene three, the battle preparation between Richard and Richmond also provide more insight about conscience. Immediately after the visitation of the ghosts, the strength and power of Richard's mind reach the end in his process of suffering problems of conscience. According to Shakespeare, in the process Richmond is putting his thoughts in line as he wakes, he reveals his in-depth views revealing his uncertain mind, "o coward of conscience, how dost thou affect me!" (Connolly, 2013). He proceeds to regret and worry about his heartless deeds, "is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am." Considering this he adds by saying, "I am a villain," with which he provides an end to his disclosure by saying no any creature which loves him and when he perish no person will pity him. The statement emphasizes the terrible repercussions of conquering humanity for power. Moreover, Al Pacino moderates the same scene as ghosts are unrelated concepts in the present culture. He demonstrates conscience through the play of Richard having dreams of the people he has killed in his plan to become a King. The guilty conscience shows Pacino's attitude towards the people's moves from one action to the other as they look for superiority.
In conclusion, Shakespeare's play and Al Pacino's film in their act one scene four and act five scene three sheds more light on their attitudes towards conscience. The plan of murder by the two murderers and the battle between Richmond and Richard shows how the characters struggle for power resulting in different thoughts before and after their actions. Shakespeare intent to use conscience in his play Richard III to improve certain villains and also to correct them.
Shakespeare, W. (2014). Richard Iii. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved from https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Richard-III/William-Shakespeare/Folger-Shakespeare-Library/9780743482844
Gürle, F. M. (2011). Reasoning with the Murderer: The Killing of Clarence in Richard III. Journal of The Wooden O Symposium, 11, 51-66. Retrieved from https://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/richardiii_1_4.html
Pacino, A., & Kimball, F. (1996). Looking for Richard. 20th Century Fox. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWHYwHCROdY
Connolly, A. (Ed.). (2013). Richard III: a critical reader. A&C Black.