King Lear can be read in various ways as a theological drama, as a philosophical one, as a supreme example of Shakespeare s intuitive egalitarianism or even as a melodrama lifted towards tragedy only by its superb poetry It is the most titanic of Shakespeare s tragedy. And worse I may be yet the worst is notSo long as we can say This is the worst.Love s not loveWhen it is mingled with regards that standAloof from th entire point.I have no way and therefore want no eyesI stumbled when I saw Full oft tis seenour means secure us, and our mere defectsprove our commodities.We two alone will sing like birds i the cage When thou dost ask me blessing, I ll kneel down,And ask of thee forgiveness so we ll live,And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughAt gilded butterflies, and hear poor roguesTalk of court news and we ll talk with them too,Who loses and who wins who s in, who s out And take upon s the mystery of things,As if we were God s spies and we ll wear out,In a wall d prison, packs and sects of great ones,That ebb and flow by the moon.A knave a rascal an eater of broken meats abase, proud, shallow, beggarly, three suited,hundred pound, filthy, worsted stocking knave alily livered, action taking knave, a whoreson,glass gazing, super serviceable finical rogue one trunk inheriting slave one that wouldst be abawd, in way of good service, and art nothing butthe composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar,and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch one whom Iwill beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniestthe least syllable of thy addition.Poor naked wretches, whereso er you are,That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,Your loop d and window d raggedness, defend youFrom seasons such as these O, I have ta enToo little care of this Take physic, pomp Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,That thou mayst shake the superflux to them,And show the heavens just. Best Books, The Tragedie Of King Lear Author William Shakespeare This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Tragedie Of King Lear, Essay By William Shakespeare Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You My first encounter with Shakespeare has totally swept me off my feet As much as I had heard of the indisputable grandeur of the most famous playwright of all times I never expected to be so immersed in the swirling undercurrents of the incongruities of human nature that are so vividly portrayed in this tragedy Even though my inexpensive Wordsworth edition wasn t generous with annotations or academic essays, the universality of Shakespeare s art, wrought in versed polyptotons, playful aphorisms and grotesque imagery, surpasses all attempts to categorize his work Always elusive and prone to countless interpretations, Shakespeare remains inscrutable and daunts the present reader with questions of yesteryear about the meaning of life.A surrealistic bargain that includes the old King Lear exchanging land for the love declarations of his three daughters in the opening scene triggers a chain of events that combine a peculiar mix of humorous absurdity, demented remorse and virulent wrath that escalates to a tragic climax.The Duke of Glo ster is blind when his eyes clearly see and, cheated by his bastard son, the Machiavellian Edmund, he accuses his legitimate offspring Edgar of conspiracy Two fathers in the autumn of their lives misjudge their siblings, act impulsively and end up paying dearly for their pride One loses his sight, the other his sanity, but both preserve faithful servants that guide them through the wilderness of the desolate heath where the sky dissolves into tears under a raging storm.Lush with religious references, Greek mythology and several doses of misogynistic diatribe, the setting and aim of the story persists in being ambiguous, although the critics seem to agree on Pre Christian Britain there is doubt regarding its moral purpose But whether Shakespeare confirmed or subverted the idea of a providential order is secondary to me The power of this play relays in the ongoing paradoxes that coexist in all the characters as it does in human nature, for they all display an irrepressible tendency for extreme cruelty, envy and greed that is counterbalanced with a great capacity for forgiveness, repentance and love How can divine justice fit the randomness of an untamed nature that punishes the innocent without apparent purposeAs flies to wanton boys are we to the gods They kill us for their sport Is the blind or deranged man the Fool or else the Sage that illuminates the audience with sporadic lucidityO, let me kiss that hand Let me wipe it first it smells of mortality Whatever the case, Shakespeare s response is unequivocal Love is what keeps us going Without love, children would be orphans, lovers sterile and Kings, beggars.Yet love doesn t stamp out vileness, indifference or sorrow because human beings are butforked animalstrapped in a fabricated reality that try to swim against the currents of this vitriolic maelstrom called existence.But oh , the joy of flickering hope, of stars aligned, of virtue prevailing over darkness, because with Shakespeare, everything is possibleSo we ll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughAt gilded butterflies Edit, August 13th 2017 From Harold Bloom s essay Lear, beyond us in grandeur and in essential authority, is still a startlingly intimate figure, since he is an emblem of fatherhood itself Outrageously hyperbolical, insanely eloquent, Lear nevertheless always demands love than can be given and so he scarcely can speak without crossing the realms of the unsayable. Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise There is a hope, of course, for many of us to become wiser as we become older In most cases, this does work, but sometimes we exchange naivete for senility, with too few years of graceful wisdom in between King Lear with his daughters The cast of the 2018 movie.King Lear makes the decision to split his kingdom between his three daughters A magnanimous decision if viewed one way, but a very foolish decision if one considers the normal course of human behavior when a vacuum of power occurs Lear s Fool states the situation very clearlyLear Dost thou call me a fool, boy Fool All the other titles thou hast given away that thou wast born withWhen thy Fool is calling thy a fool, thy should probably ponder thy actions a while longer There is a part of me that feels that Lear may have felt the gears of his mind begin to slip in the worn out grooves of their passage He may have believed he was doing his kingdom a favor by stepping down in favor of the youth of his loins I m sure he imagines a idyllic life, riding, hunting, joking, eating, and doing whatever else he chooses to do at any given time in the company of his stipulated 100 knights who are his entourage of chaos Of course, there is a rub from the very opening of the play Cordelia, his youngest daughter and most precious, does not give him the reassuring answers he wishes to hear In a fit of madness, he banishes her The two older daughters, Goneril and Regan, are astute in their proclamations of love and devotion, telling their father what they know he wants to hear Early on, despite the sisters obvious duplicity in the face of Cordelia s honesty, I find myself sympathetic to them It is obvious that they, too, have suffered under the increasingly unpredictable madness of King Lear The theme of the play revolves around madness and blindness The kissing cousins of afflictions Lear may have suffered first from madness, but his blindness to Cordelia s devotion sets off a cascade of horrific events that only can ever be set right if he finds his sanity He is not alone The Earl of Gloucester proves equally blind in the assessment of his two sons, Edgar and Edmund Edgar is the dutiful son Edmund, the bastard, is suffering from numerous resentments which are, unfortunately, being fed by his naked ambition Edmund I do serve you in this business.A credulous father, and a brother noble,Whose nature is so far from doing harmsThat he suspects none on whose foolish honestyMy practices ride easy I see the business.Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit All with me s meet that I can fashion fitIf not for the trustful natures of his father and brother, Edmund would not have attempted to undermine and destroy them It is their fault for being so gullible sigh Gloucester was never shy about how Edmund came to be his son He proclaimed his pleasure in his making to anyone who cared to listen Gloucester But I have a son, Sir, by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account though this knave came something saucily to the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged My sympathy for Goneril and Regan quickly evaporates as Edmund, in his deception and aspirations, creates a wedge between the sisters that destroys what I once found so likeable about themtheir loyalty to one another For me, what makes this play so brilliant is the shifting sympathies I feel as the plot progresses What I once believed is revealed to be untrue Characters prove unreliable even to the point that several are going around disguising their identities Those most true are those most reviled This play is a tragedy, and as the dominos begin to fall, Lear s madness seems to have infected all Who is responsible for all of this Well, we could say Lear, but really it is his wisdom eroded by madness that causes such dreadful devastation to the kingdom I paired reading this play with watching the 2018 Anthony Hopkins s King Lear, which has been set in a modern society, much like Ian McKellen s masterful version of Richard III 1995 This adaptation of Lear, available on Prime, has an all star cast, including Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Jim Broadbent, Tobias Menzies, and Florence Pugh, whom I absolutely loved in Lady Macbeth, based on the Nikolai Leskov story I m sure that role allowed her the opportunity to work with the Hollywood greats who were cast for this movieEdgar The weight of this sad time we must obey Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.The oldest hath borne most we that are youngShall never see so much nor live so longIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at How sharper than a serpent s tooth it is to have a thankless child Good King Lear, feared in his younger days, has two, in pagan Britain, the inhabitants worship the numerous gods, there, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the ancient ruler, in his eighties, can no longer govern well, no stamina, his mind is deteriorating quickly, with no sons but three devoted daughters, he believes, decides to divide the kingdom, equally, between them, but first the widower monarch, needs to hear how much his daughters love himGoneril, the oldest, married to the weak duke of Albany, is a vile, mean, jealous, without morals, woman, her sister Regan, just as bad, the wife of the cruel duke of Cornwall, they could be twins, emotionally, but hate each other with a passion, as only sisters can, the husbands are puppets in their endless conspiracies for absolute power Goneril and Regan, shower the gullible king with untrue platitudes of endearment, lovely Cordelia, the youngest, unmarried but has many suitors, says she loves her father like a daughter should , but the puzzled, quite angry man , misconstruing these mild remarks, and he, Lear, banishes his child, no land either, for the former favorite, but not before giving Cordelia , to the sympathetic king of France, as his bride, he admires her nobilitywithout a dowry The Earl of Kent protests, vehemently, the sovereign s biggest supporter and he too is told to leave Britain at once, or be executed, the poor, oblivious man, has given away all power and benefits to his unworthy children no longer now, Every inch a king Kent risks his life by staying in England, disguising himself in order to help the feeble friend, Lear, becoming his loyal servant, Caius, protecting the confused, mad king, from his evil, rival daughters, many insults he Lear, regrets his unwise gifts to them The very cold, scheming , ambitious bastard son, Edmund, the term fits than one way of the too trusting nobleman, the Earl of Gloucester, feels he deserves all the glory, wealth and titles, that his older brother, the virtuous, but naive Edgar, who is continually kind to the half brother, will inherit, someday, nothing is beneath him, lies and deceit, get elaborate, making love to Goneril and Regan, maneuvering forward to accomplish his desires and the contemptible goals, he wantsIn real life there are no happy endings, people live, do good things or bad, and then die, the next generation repeats this eternal pattern, until the final rays of the Sun, shine for the last time, and the darkness swallows the world This play by Shakespeare, is one of the finest ever written, it shows why the author was and is still the greatest writer to put down his ideas on paper. In times of change, stress or general uneasiness, I find myself repeatedly quoting Shakespeare.There is something soothing in the knowledge that he wrote all those unforgettable lines over 400 years ago and they still make so much sense sometimes sense than our most recent literary production I know that I am in some kind of identity crisis when King Lear comes to my mind again, and I open the highly impractical Collected Works of Shakespeare and try to find Lear without completely breaking the suffering spine Who is it that can tell me who I am That was the quote I had in my head, and I found it quickly enough following my post it signs, but of course, Shakespeare being the magician that he is, he lures me into his world, and I find myself rereading major parts of the whole play It does not necessarily make me forget my everyday worries, for Shakespeare is no escapism writer Rather, I feel that my concerns and thoughts are given a wider, noble context, as they can be related to that master of words, plots, characters, everything human Shakespeare does not give me answers, but he gives my questions validity I am a man sinned against than sinning who doesn t want to yell out those famous words of King Lear s every once in a while And they might be true But does that really excuse the sinning I love the ambiguous world of Shakespeare, and King Lear has it all Action, drama, feelings in the wrong and right places, politics, and common sense in unexpected situations The long diatribe on man s blaming the stars for his viciousness is one of my favourites.King Lear is as good as Shakespeare can be This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeitof our own behavior, we make guilty of ourdisasters the sun, the moon, and the stars asif we were villains by necessity fools byheavenly compulsion knaves, thieves, andtreachers, by spherical predominance drunkards,liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience ofplanetary influence and all that we are evil in,by a divine thrusting on an admirable evasionof whoremaster man, to lay his goatishdisposition to the charge of a star. . King Lear, William ShakespeareKing Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all Derived from the legend of Lear of Britain, a mythological Pre Roman Celtic king 1973 1995 1339 200 1347 296 1373 1375 9644452518 1379 1380 1381 1382 1387 9789644452512 1391 17 1382 144 9647656408 1355 222 9789642131631 1393 58 9789642131631 1394 240 9786002531919 1394 64 9786008175170 17..