The Concept of Nature in King Lear and its Subjective Connotations

The Christian kings of England could suppose a “divine right” imposed by “natural order” in order to legitimize their place in the feudal hierarchy, a view bolstered by Christ’s admonishment to “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matthew 22:21) and various other Biblical representations and endorsements of worldly rulers. In a pre-Christian society, … Read more

The Significance of Introspection in King Lear

In The Tragedy of King Lear, William Shakespeare drags his audience through horrific tragedy to get to the core of truth. Violence, pain, betrayal, and finally death come crashing down upon almost every character, good or bad. This peeling away of pleasantries is fundamental to the meaning of the play. Shakespeare begs his audience to … Read more

Humanistic Themes Resolve in King Lear

Like all Shakespearean tragedies, “King Lear” has several prevailing humanistic themes. Certainly, the plot revolves around the obvious themes of parent-child relationships, sibling rivalries and pride as the downfall of man. However, one common theme incorporates all of these elements: A quest for love. In each respective plot, the characters are pushed forward by a … Read more

The Journey and Return: The Theme of Wandering in King Lear

In his study Shakespeare: Time and Conscience, Grigori Kozintsev expresses how the plot of King Lear sets in motion “an unstoppable avalanche of the fragments of structures, attitudes, ties, all intermingled in frenzied movement”. Indeed, Shakespeare’s “great” tragedy is a play of extremes, with its presentation of intolerable suffering and devastating conclusion almost rendering the … Read more

Sanity of Madness

As in his Hamlet, Shakespeare uses “reason in madness” throughout King Lear by using unexpected characters to help with his overall theme of recognition and realization. However, reason in madness can also refer to Shakespeare himself, because in all the chaos and tragedy throughout King Lear, he preaches to us a very real and intended … Read more

What Influenced On King Lear

English author, Graham Greene once said, “The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer.” Writers draw inspiration for their work from a multitude of sources. Whether it comes from an occurrence … Read more

The Perfect Loyalty of Kent

King Lear, as both head of state and paterfamilias, has multiple claims to power, and to obedience. His spectacle of dividing the kingdom between his daughters confuses their obligations to him as subjects with their filial obligations, duties which are not necessarily equivalent. Cordelia cannot play both roles at once; she favors her role as … Read more

King Lear: Construction an Deconstruction of Humanity

William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, is not merely a story of the ill effects of aging, but an illustration of a man plagued by pride and arrogance. Initially, Lear deems himself a man worthy of worship by his family and friends, an ill for which he suffers profoundly. ‘The world remains what it was, a … Read more

Paradox and Irony: The Means of Presentation in King Lear

Throughout King Lear, the play’s themes and messages are communicated to the audience using a devastating combination of irony; reversal of situation and fortune; and paradox, underlining the harrowing truth of the futility of human existence presented in the play. This method is particularly effective because it highlights the fickle nature of the course of … Read more

Vision, Sight and Blindness: a Metaphors’ Study

In King Lear, the recurring images of sight and blindness associated with the characters of Lear and Gloucester illustrate the theme of self-knowledge and consciousness that exist in the play. These classic tropes are inverted in King Lear, producing a situation in which those with healthy eyes are ignorant of what is going on around … Read more

The Shaping of the Play by Settings

Shakespeare’s two plays King Lear and Macbeth take place in two contrasting settings that, from the first scenes, influence the characters’ paths and shape the course of the plays’ events. The action of both plays alternate between the settings of the harsh barren heath and the castle, where acts of malice are carried out. The … Read more

King, Destiny and Circumstances

Why, in spite of everything do we like Lear and are on his side? Ultimately any pathos that lies with Lear is due to the fact that he, like all Shakespeare’s tragic heroes, does not deserve the severity of the punishment he receives. He is, through his lack of wisdom, the victim of circumstance. Lear’s … Read more

Three Times King Lear Died

If Shakespeare penned two King Lears, he created three King Lears. There is the Quarto’s hero, the Folio’s hero, and the hero who exists somewhere in the interplay. The last of these is not the same Lear who emerges variously in various conflated editions. That Lear is an editor’s creation. The Lear I refer to … Read more

Review of William Shakespeare’s Play, King Lear

Introduction King Lear was authored by Shakespeare around 1605. It is usually ranked as one of the greatest plays of Shakespeare. The setting of the play, King Lear, is like the setting of any of his other plays, dramatizing events from the eighteenth century. The play demonstrates how vulnerable noblemen and parents are to the … Read more

Shakespeare’s King Lear: Tragically Unjustified

In Leviathan from 1651, philosopher Thomas Hobbes reflects on “the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal… the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” (“Hobbes”). Even though Shakespeare’s King Lear was most likely written a good half a century … Read more

King Lear’s Perspective on the Imperfect Relationship Between Wealth and Justice in To Kill a Mockingbird and Lindsay Lohan

Justice systems exist to implement suitable punishments and to combat inequities. However, society’s perspective of justice overwhelmingly favors the affluent, as evidenced in one of King Lear’s memorable speeches. “Small vices” and petty crimes have plagued the impoverished population, while the wealthy have obtained the luxury of evading consequences for their immoral deeds by “plating … Read more

The Controversial Case of Cordelia’s Death

In Shakespeare’s King Lear, the titular ruler undergoes multiple trials in his wish to pass the kingdom on to his three daughters and their betrotheds. After the disownment and banishment of his youngest daughter Cordelia, Lear’s elder daughters Goneril and Regan soon begin attempting to overthrow their father and usurp his power. In the midst … Read more

The Concept of Nature in King Lear and its Subjective Connotations

The Christian kings of England could suppose a “divine right” imposed by “natural order” in order to legitimize their place in the feudal hierarchy, a view bolstered by Christ’s admonishment to “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matthew 22:21) and various other Biblical representations and endorsements of worldly rulers. In a pre-Christian society, … Read more

The Significance of Cordelia’s Self-Confidence

In the first scene of the first act of King Lear Cordelia, Lear’s youngest daughter, is banished from his sight forever. As per his decree, she does not return to the stage until the end of the drama. Yet Cordelia’s actions and attitude reverberate throughout the play, revealing Lear’s motivations and conveying Shakespeare’s message to … Read more

King Lear’s Fool and Don Quixote’s Squire: Comparative Study

The first time the Fool enters in Shakespeare’s King Lear he immediately offers Kent his coxcomb, or jester’s hat. Lear asks the Fool “My pretty knave, how dost thou?” (1.4.98) This initial action and inquiry of the Fool is representative of the relationship between the Fool and the other characters throughout the entire play. In … Read more

The King and The Fool: They Roles They Play

In a story of a king’s treacherous demise by his unfaithful, scheming daughters, Shakespeare leaves little room for lightheartedness, laughter, or even reason. Family turns on each other as sisters plot out of jealousy, a truly dedicated daughter is executed, and the king dies of despair. The kingdom is left in the novice hands of … Read more

King Lear’s Pragmatic Literary Analysis

A pragmatic approach to literary criticism enhances the 21st-century reader’s understanding of Shakespeare’s King Lear in a multitude of ways. The pragmatic approach was the popular canon at the time of Shakespeare’s composition, and continued to dominate the perspectives of critics and authors alike through the neoclassical period, continuing until the rise of Romanticism. An … Read more

A Thousand Acres: The Danger of Temptation and Unnatural Behavior

Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres follows the novel’s narrator, Ginny Smith, as she struggles with temptation and the mental and physical repercussions of being a victim of unnatural behavior. Larry, Ginny’s father, practices chemical-based farming and breaks the natural bonds with his family by raping both his daughters, disrupting natural order. Biblical imagery and symbols … Read more

King Lear and the Comedy Discourse

William Shakespeare is no stranger to the bending and breaking of conventions. Hailed as an inventor of words from “elbow” to “sneak”, and a master playwright who created some of the most enduring plot structures, like that of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s legacy comes as a result of his unfailing creativity. It is this unwillingness … Read more

Shakespeare’s King Lear and Shirwadkar’s Natsamrat: A Comparative Study

Introduction William Shakespeare is one of the greatest names in the world of English literature and same is the case with Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar who is one of the renowned writers in the domain of Marathi literature. Both writers have their own genius and greatness and there could be no comparison between their writing. Both … Read more

King Lear: Questions of Economic, Power and Gender

A common practice that William Shakespeare employs in many of his works is the experimentation with gender politics. Shakespeare often shows how notions of gender become unstable as a result of social forces. To discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of gender in his plays, it is helpful to use Joan Wallach Scott’s definition of gender, which she … Read more

Significance of Edgar’s Character and its Influence

The Subtlety of Edgar’s Importance in King Lear Any great work of literature stems from the cohesion of many elements to create a piece that is memorable and captivating. William Shakespeare’s plays gained notoriety for the ability their characters to captivate the human spirit as well as his eloquent use of language. As a testament … Read more

Born Villain or Made Villain: Bastardy Theme

In four of Shakespeare’s plays, he introduces a character who is illegitimate. Philip Faulconbridge, Don John, Thersites, and Edmund are all children who were born out of wedlock. Also, all four characters were antagonists, if not the main antagonists, of the plays. In Much Ado About Nothing, Don John causes doubt in the mind of … Read more

King Lear – A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning

A King is supposed to have all that he needs without having to worry about anything in his late years. Yet King Lear, in Act 3, Scene 2, cried out in pitifully: “I am a man / More sinned against than sinning. ” Although Lear has made a huge mistake in the first scene of … Read more

King Lear vs The Stone Angel

It has been said that, “Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never. “(worldofquotes. com) This is a quote that can be deconstructed when examining William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel. When reviewing the two books the main characters, King Lear and Hagar, are easily comparable. The first similarity becomes apparent … Read more

Title of Paper: King Lear

Historians en masse have determined that Shakespeare was most definitely not the first one to come up with the general plot lines contained in King Lear. Though the play revolves mainly around the conflict between the King and his daughters, there is a definite and distinct sub-plot dealing with the plight and tragedy of Gloucester … Read more

King Lear a tragic play by William Shakespeare

King Lear is a tragic playwritten by William Shakespeare. It is a play about the suffering of two families that are caught in a struggle of greed, lust, and cruelty which eventually results in extreme amounts of pain and destruction for all the characters. In King Lear, there is a circular relationship between the characters’ … Read more

The Generation Gap In King Lear

One of the underlying themes in Shakespeares play, King Lear is the concept of the generation gap. This gap is mainly illustrated between the family. The older generation is Lear himself, and the younger generation consists of his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. In the second plot of the play, Gloucester represents the older generation, … Read more

The Nature of Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres

In her novel A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley takes the conflict between the natural and the unnatural in King Lear one step farther than Shakespeare. Using many of the same elements in Shakespeares tragedy, Smiley shows the deeper complexities of human relationships and experiences by expanding this theme. Shakespeares most important use of the theme … Read more

King Lear: Everything About the Play Hangs on First Two Scenes

“King Lear, as I see it, confronts the perplexity and mystery of human action. ” (Shakespeare’s Middle Tragedies, 169) As the previous quotation from the scriptures of Maynard Mack implies, King Lear is a very complex and intricate play which happens to be surrounded by a lot of debate. “The folio of 1623, which was, … Read more

Othello and King Lear comparison

If Shakespeare was alive today it is certain that there would be a lot written about him. We would read reviews of his new plays in newspapers, articles about his poetry in the literary papers, and gossip about his love life and his taste in clothes splashed across the glossy magazines. His views about everything … Read more

Essay on King Lear

Historians en masse have determined that Shakespeare was most definitely not the first one to come up with the general plot lines contained in King Lear. Though the play revolves mainly around the conflict between the King and his daughters, there is a definite and distinct sub-plot dealing with the plight and tragedy of Gloucester … Read more