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  • PDF | 188 pages
  • William Shakespeare(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2018)
  • English
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  • By Shalom Freedman on January 14, 2016

    This edition of King Lear contains a short account of the life of Shakespeare, and an introduction to King Lear. The text has a glossary in which the meaning of difficult terms are briefly given. The whole text is printed in a clear and readable way.'Lear' is one of the great literary works of humanity. In recent years it has contended with 'Hamlet' for the crown of premier Shakespeare Tragedy. The great Shakespearean critic F. H.Bradley found it to be the deepest of Shakespeare's work , the most richly imaginative and most human.Rereading in old age I am again like most readers overwhelmed by the richness of language and feeling, the greatness in the madness and fear, the power of the transformation which brings Lear back to Cordelia. The pity and the pain. Also the goodness of Kent and the humor and truth of the Fool, the evil power of Goneril and Edmund.And some of the speeches contain lines of such tremendous power and beauty- such memorable lines as to wish to make them part of one's own mind and consciousness forever.Of course this is one of many many editions of 'Lear' and I am by no means arguing that this is better than others as I do not know them.PS Rereading the play after all the years made me aware as never before of the depth of complexity in Lear's character. Once my attitude was of complete sympathy for a father who made a tragic mistake in evaluation of his daughters. But rereading the play I see more clearly the monstrous sides of Lear's character, not only in the original wager itself but in his reaction to it. And too later on even in reacting to the evil daughters the ugliness of his anger and cursing. He is magnificent in rage but also monstrous. He evokes our pity and sympathy but also repulsion. He is after all responsible for the Tragedy and his rashness and harshness are there from the beginning. The great redemptive transformation and his love for Cordelia restored of course win our sympathy again. And the five 'Nevers' at her loss tear the soul apart. We have also seen his greatness in the love and loyalty felt for him by Kent and the Fool and to a degree Gloucester. But his tragedy stems from who he is, and his fall has a logic in it and to a degree a justice.


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