Shakespeare s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to King Lear For all the force of its language, King Lear is almost equally powerful when translated, suggesting that it is the story, in large part, that draws us to the playThe play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty, on the one hand, and support and consolation, on the other Emotions are extreme, magnified to gigantic proportions We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, pride, and, perhaps, wisdom one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare s tragedies is also perhaps his most movingThe authoritative edition of King Lear from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further readingEssay by Susan SnyderThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information, visit Folger Book Review3 of 5 stars to King Lear, a tragic play by William Shakespeare, published in 1603 I enjoyed the play and then watched a few film versions My review will cover both the book and the film I saw with a bit of sarcasm and humor just to be different than all the other ones LOL Lear is an absolutely ridiculous character who belongs in the looney bin in my opinion He has lost all control over his life, his family, and his kingdom He is foolish, blind, and stubborn WhenBook Review3 of 5 stars to King Lear, a tragic play by William Shakespeare, published in 1603 I enjoyed the play and then watched a few film versions My review will cover both the book and the film I saw with a bit of sarcasm and humor just to be different than all the other ones LOL Lear is an absolutely ridiculous character who belongs in the looney bin in my opinion He has lost all control over his life, his family, and his kingdom He is foolish, blind, and stubborn When reading the play, I thought Lear was some old king who couldn t take care of anything He was just plain ineffective After watching a few film versions, I whole heartedly agree Lear is still a vain, crotchety old man However, I did see some humor in him that I didn t notice in the first reading of the play He was definitely not likable on a first read however, when I started to watch the video clips, I found myself saying that I could tolerate him All of a sudden, I classified him as likable human Even when you just want to kill him, he is still kind of funny and tolerable.Lear was somewhat like a grandfather in my opinion Not one of those everyday grandfathers though He reminded me of the much older, funny grandfather who laughs at everything, but doesn t realize what he s doing In fact, I actually thought of him as a Santa Claus figure It sounds weird, but the looks automatically qualify him to be Santa Claus His attitude could be a problem though He might have been a really nice guy when he was younger and not so stubborn As for Lear s daughters I see Lear s daughters as all being from 25 to 40 nothan that, though Gonerill though did make Lear s anger appear believable to me I see how much she had to say and then I realize how he can be so upset with Cordelia s response Cordelia seems a little too weak to be his daughter I picture her as being stronger and able to handle herself against him It was hard to picture three daughters surrounding their old, aging father Lear Having each daughter one by one go to their father to say how they loved him was powerful I watched the characters grow and then leap off the page The play is a good one to read, to see the life of parents and children, royalty and order of succession It s a great commentary on how we behave and treat our elders, especially both as parents and as humans And on the flip side, you also see what happens when you make rash decisions, not realizing the impact down the line and how much you want to fix them, but sometimes you cannotAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators I ve read Lear many times, and, although I didn t learn much about the play this reading, I did learn a little about myself I have always loved the play, but in the past I found its injustice and evil nigh overpowering, its victims pathetically guiltless, its perspective verging on the nihilistic Now, though, I see goodness and grace everywhere in Cordelia s plain spoken honesty and love for Lear, in Kent and Gloster s loyalty, in Edgar s bizarre attempt to heal his father s soul through stra I ve read Lear many times, and, although I didn t learn much about the play this reading, I did learn a little about myself I have always loved the play, but in the past I found its injustice and evil nigh overpowering, its victims pathetically guiltless, its perspective verging on the nihilistic Now, though, I see goodness and grace everywhere in Cordelia s plain spoken honesty and love for Lear, in Kent and Gloster s loyalty, in Edgar s bizarre attempt to heal his father s soul through stratagem, and perhaps most important in the way Lear himself grows in understanding and compassion even as he grows in grief and madness The bad guys have their moments too the devotion of Oswald to Goneril, Edmund s tardy but apparently sincere attempt to save Cordelia and Lear s lives, and my favorite the heroic effort of Cornwall s servant to intervene in the blinding of Gloster by wounding the vicious master whom he has served loyally all his life Goodness seems to triumph here even in the midst of loss, and I no longer feel the evil to be overwhelming I merely bow my head in thanksgiving for goodness and tremble in reverence before the mystery of life King Lear, William ShakespeareKing Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all Derived from the legend of Lear of Britain, a mythological Pre Roman Celtic king King Lear, William ShakespeareKing Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, after he disposes of his kingdom giving bequests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him, bringing tragic consequences for all Derived from the legend of Lear of Britain, a mythological Pre Roman Celtic king 1973 1995 1339 200 1347 296 1373 1375 9644452518 1379 1380 1381 1382 1387 9789644452512 1391 17 1382 144 9647656408 1355 222 9789642131631 1393 58 9789642131631 1394 240 9786002531919 1394 64 9786008175170 King Lear can be read in various ways as a theological drama, as a philosophical one, as a supreme example of Shakespeare s intuitive egalitarianism or even as a melodrama lifted towards tragedy only by its superb poetry It is the most titanic of Shakespeare s tragedy.