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Sites about King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s tragedy in which a king divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from Cordelia, the daughter who actually loves him. The king and many of the characters pay for their shortcomings — madness, murder, and forgiveness that arrives too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.

Characters: King Lear, Cordelia, Goneril, Regan, Fool

Critical sites about King Lear

Edgar and Kingship in the Three King Lears
Compares three King Lear texts (Folio, Quatro &Tate) in order to formulate “a picture of what Shakespeare�s Edgar struggles to achieve: the controlled but creative histionics necessary to Seventeenth Century kingship. “
Contains: Character Analysis, Content Analysis,
Author: Abraham Stoll
From: Selected Papers of the West Virginia Shakespeare and Renaissance Association Volume 22,1999
King Lear in Its Own Time: The Difference that Death Makes
This paper discusses the relationship between Shakespeare’s work and the living conditions and moral codes of his time, arguing that modern readers must understand these conditions as necessary to his work.
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Ben Ross Schneider, Jr.
From: Early Modern Literary Studies 1.1 (1995): 3.1-49
Keywords: New Historicist Criticism
The Lunar Calendar of Shakespeare’s King Lear
“From his reading of Hall, William Shakespeare knew the historical King Leir had flourished before the founding of Rome.This paper suggests that the playwright conformed the action of his King Lear to a pre-Roman lunar calendar which he found in Plutarch. Further, the writer demonstrates that Shakespeare drew upon his knowledge of Ovid’s Fasti to memorialize several important Roman festivals in text of Lear. Finally, the paper detects a connection between the Roman Terminalia and Saint Stephen’s night, and suggests that Shakespeare wrote (or extensively revised) the Q1 Lear for performance before King James on 26 December 1606.”
Contains: Historical Context,
Author: Steve Sohmer
From: Early Modern Literary Studies 5.2 (September, 1999): 2.1-17

Other (non-critical) sites about King Lear

King Lear Plot Synopsis – Shakespeare Online
Contains: Plot Summary
Author: Amanda Mabillard
From: Shakespeare Online
Author: Amanda Mabillard
From: Shakespeare Online

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