"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Sunday, June 12, 2011

King Lear

I love this play. It has always been my favorite work by Shakespeare. I think Shakespeare's attention to human nature is so refreshing, and there's nothing like a good tragedy to put one's own life into perspective. As one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, King Lear holds many themes and avenues of discussion including:
  • sanity and madness: pretended, catalysts, cures, in relation to age
  • familial obligations: duty of parents to children, children to parents, spouses to each other
  • blindness: proverbial, literal
  • fools and kings: similarities and differences
  • male wrath vs. female wrath: level of destruction, mercy and honor in revenge, lasting effects
  • guilelessness and acceptance of certain characters in their roles
  • love: parent to child, child to parent, spouse to spouse

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