Sun Imagery in Shakespeare's Richard III Essay
"shade," or a spirit. However, in light of the tradition of associating the king with the image of the sun, the phrase can also be taken to imply that Richard, by turning "the sun to shade," is overshadowing the throne of England. Margaret's son, who could have become king, described by his "bright outshining beams," is fittingly "folded up" by Richard's "cloudy wrath," further alluding to sun imagery.
"Overshadowing" the throne, in the figurative sense, is Richard's plot, however,