The original British House of Cards telecast was said to draw from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Richard III, both of which examine issues of power, ambition and corruption. Richardson had a Shakespearean background, and said he based his performance of the scheming Francis Urquhart on the way Shakespeare portrayed Richard III. Urquhart frequently talks through the camera to the audience, breaking the fourth wall as in a Shakespearian soliloquy. In the dramatization, the camera frequently focuses on vermin for the symbolic effect of filth and conspiracy.

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A house of cards (also known as a card tower) is a structure created by stacking playing cards on top of each other. House of cards is also an expression that dates back to 1645  —  meaning a structure or argument built on a shaky foundation or one that will collapse if a necessary (but possibly overlooked or unappreciated) element is removed. Structures built by layering in this way, such as Stonehenge, are also part of this “house of cards architecture”, which dates back to the Cyclopean and Megalithic ages.

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