| Quote #10
Cancel his bond of life, dear God, I plead,
There's plenty of evidence to suggest that everything that happens in the play is fated. More specifically, the play suggests that events unfold according to divine providence. When Queen Margaret calls on God's divine justice to punish Richard for all of his terrible deeds, the play suggests that Richard's grab for the throne and his fall from power have been predetermined by God.
| Quote #11
O now let Richmond and Elizabeth,
According to the newly crowned King Henry VII, his ascension to the throne is all part of a God's plan. (Lots of English kings went around saying they were divinely appointed to the throne.) So does that mean that Richard's rise and fall were also part of God's master plan? If so, does this excuse his behavior?