The play is so complex - not so much in the multiple plot lines, but in the issues that this play brings up. It deals with family, heredity, betrayal, revenge, class, gender, servanthood, personal identity, and forgiveness, all culminating in the most nihilistic world of any of Shakespeare's plays.
I'm particularly fond of the Edgar-Edmund story line. Edmund has some wonderful soliloquies, which I cannot help but admire even as I despise him.
It's not at all talked about Lear's background
I aproved the written work I had to do about Lear and William Willson... even though I found it a bit stupid to write it.
Hamlet is still my favourite Shakespeare´s play (I don´t know exactly why to tell you...) . But I really liked some situations and Lear´s lines ...
. the anger of a king because his daughter can´t/ doesn´t want to put in enough words the love she had for him... !
Infeliz como soy, no consigo elevar
mi corazón hasta mis labios. Conforme a vuestro vínculo
os amo, Majestad, no más, no menos.
. the solid and at the same time evanescent Cordelia
. King Lear talking about necesity (sorry, the transcriptions are in spanish... a translation to english made by me based in a previous translation to spanish it probably result a weird thing..)
¡Oh! No razonéis la necesidad; los más bajos mendigos
tienen en lo más pobre algo superfluo.
No permitáis a la naturaleza más que lo que la naturaleza necesita
y la vida del hombre será tan insignificante como lo es la de las bestias.
Es extraño el arte de la necesidad
que hace precioso lo que es vil...
this iz one of the best tragedies of shakespeare which tells us a lot about the follies of old age
this is definitely my most loved shakespeare tragedy, i ve seen a few stagings where king lear is blinded, very worth seeing as a play and beautiful to read i think.
If you have a daughter, and you know she loves you, you can realate to the wonderfully sad confirmation of doom that comes from the law of unintended consequences. Intending to use his daughers' love to mete out his kingdom in his dotage, Lear's true daugher Cordelia refuses to compete. The wonderfully horrible scene when Lear bemoans her death by asking why a dog, a horse, a rat have life breaks the heart so elegantly, so terribly eloquent.
King lear is the book that i hate as much as Jane eyre which are both stupid and drive me mad.
When Kent asks Lear to enter the hovel at the beginning of Act 3, scene 4, Lear’s reply demonstrates that part of his mind is still lucid and that the symbolic connection between the storm outside and Lear’s own mental disturbance is significant. Lear explains to Kent that although the storm may be very uncomfortable for Kent, Lear himself hardly notices it: “The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling else”. Lear’s sensitivity to the storm is blocked out by his mental and emotional anguish and by his obsession with his treacherous daughters. The only thing that he can think of is their “filial ingratitude”.
Lear also continues to show a deepening sensitivity to other people, a trait missing from his character at the beginning of the play and an interesting side effect of his increasing madness and exposure to human cruelty. After he sends his Fool into the hovel to take shelter, he kneels in prayer—the first time we have seen him do so in the play. He does not pray for himself; instead, he asks the gods to help “poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er you are, / That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm”. Reproaching himself for his heartlessness, Lear urges himself to “expose thyself to feel what wretches feel”. This self-criticism and newfound sympathy for the plight of others mark the continuing humanization of Lear... :D