Theatre Review: "King Lear" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Theatre Review: "King Lear"
A review of the production of "King Lear", directed by Frank Madden.
# 120073 | 912 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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The paper examines Frank Madden's production of "King Lear" and shows how the tragedy of King Lear is fully realized both in theme and characterizations. The paper looks at the cast and their qualities and opines that Frank Madden has inspired his crew to a thoughtful and serious interpretation of "King Lear".

From the Paper:

"William Shakespeare's last and most striking tragedy, "King Lear", is being performed at Westchester Community College by the Westchester Theater Ensemble. The production is directed by Frank Madden, and the part of King Lear is played by Richard Miller.
"In the beginning of the play, King Lear is spiritually bankrupt, and his initial folly and lack of spiritual health result in his rejection of Cordelia, the youngest and most honorable of his three daughters. The play also has a fully developed sub-plot that parallels the main plot. King Lear lacks sound judgment at the start; so does the Earl of Gloucester. "Lear rejects the loving daughter and cleaves to the false ones; Gloucester cleaves to his false son and rejects the loving one." 1 Both fathers bring dire suffering on themselves, both are the victims of dynamic evil, yet both are assisted in their sufferings by those whom they have wronged."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brokbank, Philip. "Introduction." The Complete Works of William Shakespeare The Cambridge Text. Ed. John Dover Wilson. London: Cambridge Univerity Press, 1980. 922.
  • Shakespeare, William. "King Lear". Wilson, John, ed. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare The Cambridge Text. London:Cambridge University Press, 1980. 937-953.

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