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Year 12 Literature: King Lear

William Shakespeare

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Synopsis 

King divides kingdom, snubs daughter, goes mad, there's a storm, and everyone dies.

All of the information you need about King Lear is divided into four sections: Story, Characters, Language and Staging.


Language

To help you look at any scene in Julius Caesar and begin to analyse it, it’s important to ask questions about how it's written and why.


Themes

Professor Kiernan Ryan argues that the subversive spirit of King Lear remains as powerful as ever, four centuries after it was first performed.

The Emotional Landscape of King Lear ARTHUR KIRSCH THE TRAGEDY OF KING LEAR RAISES large religious, as well as political and social, questions, and there is a disposition in recent scholarship to treat the play as if it were an argument that gives unorthodox, if not revolutionary, answers to them. 

Discusses the philosophical and religious themes of English dramatist William Shakespeare's play 'King Lear.' Exploration of the archetypal stages and patterns which structure the play's vision.


Context

The article presents the author's insights on the cultural and historical relevance of poetic dramatist William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear."

Much drama written before and after the accession of James I comments on and analyses the issue of hereditary monarchical succession. A comparative analysis of the political comments, themes, and images made throughout "Hamlet" and "King Lear" shows how central such concerns were to Shakespeare's dramatic imagination, and how abruptly the political universe changed in England after Elizabeth's death.


Articles

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Talking Lear: Simon Russell Beale on King Lear

Ian McKellen: Understanding King Lear, the Character

Discussing ageing in King Lear with Sir Ian McKellen


Brisbane Grammar Catalogue

Audio Books

  • King Lear - Narrated by Kenneth Branagh and Alec Mccowen - Wheelers

eBooks