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King Lear by William Shakespeare

King Lear (edition 2001)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:King Lear
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (2001), Paperback

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King Lear by William Shakespeare

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So, I reread Lear, but ended up writing an unrelated comparative prompt this week for 117S (my co-reader wrote a prompt about tragedy, so I wrote this prompt about comedy):

Catch Me If You Can

How is courtship represented in two comedies? Focus on the language of romance—what words are used in wooing? Do women—like Portia and Rosalind—have agency in their romantic lives? Is female agency linked to absent fathers, cross-dressing, and/or other factors? How do men (transvestites included) help other men court women? How else does courtship impact friendships, especially same-sex friendships? Please craft a focused argument, supported with close readings of the texts, in response to one or more of these (or other) questions.
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
This did not quite top Hamlet as my favorite Shakespeare play but it is way up there. With the exception of the black and white hatted Gloucester boys there is a lot more moral complexity and ambiguity than you normally see in Shakespeare play; it wasn't until well into the play that I had any idea who I was supposed to sympathize with between the king and the daughters and that suspense actually adding a great deal to my interest while reading. Edgar's antic disposition is a lot more interesting and entertaining to me than Hamlet's but he doesn't have anything like Hamlet's soliloquies. ( )
  jhudsui | Oct 12, 2015 |
  OberlinSWAP | Jul 20, 2015 |
The version of Lear I saw in 2012 too closely matched the texted: too many story lines, too many gag scenes, and too much talking about how hard it is to be king. The tragedy of Lear is that he gets exactly what he deserved. For me, it lacks much of the intrigue of Macbeth or the poetry of Hamlet or Othello. ( )
  jscape2000 | Jul 11, 2015 |
tragical! beautiful language but slow going. I have enjoyed other Shakespeare plays more. I reread this because we were going to see Geoff Hoyle telling the story of Lear from the point of view of the now unemployed fool. His one man show was wonderful! It helped to have refreshed my memory of this play.
  njcur | May 12, 2015 |
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I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.
Although the last, not least.
Nothing will come of nothing.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

To have a thankless child!
Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.
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So long as we can say, "This is the worst."
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Hinn aldurhnigni konungur Lér hefur ákveðið að skipta konungsríki sínu á milli dætra sinna þriggja, og skal hlutur hverrar dóttur fara eftir því hvað ást hennar á honum er mikil. En hvað vottar skýrast um ást barna til foreldra? Auðsveipni og fagurgali eldri systranna tveggja eða sjálfstæði og hreinskilni Kordelíu þeirrar yngstu? Æfur af reiði yfir því sem Lér telur skort á ást, afneitar hann Kordelíu og skiptir ríkinu í tvennt á milli eldri systranna. Í hönd fara tímar grimmúðlegrar valdabaráttu, svikráða og upplausnar og það líður ekki á löngu þar til eldri systurnar hafa hrakið föður sinn á burt.Meistaraverk Shakespeares veitir einstaka innsýn í heim hinna valdaþyrstu, blekkingar þeirra og klæki. Tímalaust listaverk fullt af visku um átök kynslóðanna, drambið, blinduna, brjálsemina og það að missa allt. Lér konungur er kynngimagnað og stórbrotið leikrit, einn frægasti harmleikur  Shakespeares. Verkið á erindi við fólk á öllum tímum og er sviðsett í leikhúsum um víða veröld á ári hverju.Hér er á ferð ný þýðing Þórarins Eldjárns á þessu sígilda meistaraverki sem gerð er í tilefni af uppsetningu Þjóðleikhússins á verkinu leikárið 2010-2011.
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An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters.… (more)

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