"The Tragedy of King Lear"
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This paper summarizes and reviews William Shakespeare's tragedy, "The Tragedy of King Lear". The author compares the relative quiet opening of "The Tragedy of King Lear" to other works of Shakespeare and goes on to describe how the complex journey of King Lear's journey towards death manages to explore the tragedy of the human condition.
From the Paper:"As the play opens with a ritualized and multivalent gesture of division as the aged Lear, preparing for his retirement from power, parcels out his territory, and in doing so dissolves his kingdom and his family into fiercely competitive fragments, a problem exacerbated when Cordelia refuses partake in a public love test only to be rashly disinherited by her father. And although critics often cite this opening act as a sign of the ultimate failure of Lear's vision, it is the conditions that Lear embarks on his quest that prove equally cursed and equally fraught with failure."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Garber, Marjorie. Shakespeare After All. New York: Pantheon, 2004.
- Greenblatt, Stephen, Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, and Katherine Eisaman Maus, eds. TheNorton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition. New York: Norton, 1997.
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