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A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, A ‘True Chronicle History’
The Bard, as Himself
World, as Itself
You, as Fool, in the Bard’s service
Kings, Daughters, Sons, Knights, Fools, Gentlemen, Soldiers, Attendants, Messengers, Servants.]
Sennet. Enter [The Bard, You]
Hark, A Fairy Tale I Give Thee, Fit for Today’s Times!
I have in my time, written many plays - tragedies, comedies, all - but reader beware: this might be my darkest vision yet.
I will exalt you; and in death’s throngs.
The play has a kind of primal power, which I find hard to explain. The plot is fairly typically Shakespeare, perhaps a little more complicated than usual, mixing elements taken from legend and from the historical record. At the outse ...more
Let's take a jog through memory lane...to my high school years...when I fell in love with Shakespeare's work...(With some added dialogue and gifs of course, IOW = In Other Words)
We see in King Lear, that Shakespeare shows a contrast between the role a man plays in society and the role man plays for himself. Lear is, as known, a King and is supposed to be a man in control. A King of high status is loved by many and is in charge of everything that goes on in the Kingdom; overlooks others. Lear is ...more
Obviously, you're wondering why, and in the hands of a lesser director it would probably just have been a piece of unnecessary perversity. Bergman's reasoning was, in fact, not bizarre. He saw the key scene of the play as the reconciliation betwee ...more
Thinking about it in retrospect, a useful guide for King Lear is provided by another of Shakespeare's characters, Jacques, and his Ages of Ma ...more
2109 fellow Goodreaders [can’t be wrong] gave it 1 star. Many call it boring. Some even say it is predictable and has no moral lesson. That these people have the right to vote and to procreate is frightening to me.
I am NOT ranking the play itself here, only the Norton Critical Edition version (2007). Shakespeare’s Lear is, duh, one of western culture’s great achievements and personally I think it has become my favorite Shakespeare play.
I won't lie... I didn't even finish this one. All of the fal ...more
The heartbreaking irreversibility of mortality. Age and loss. The stripping away of self. Love. ...more
This time was the second time I have seen it performed by the Bell Shakespeare Company. This one was much better than the last – and I think I can say that because this time the performance brought out lots of the humour of the play. This is a play that is as dark as it is possible to mak ...more
بضدها تتميز الأشياء
هنا الشر و الخير في صراع قوي و عنيف
هنا الخيانة و العقوق و الأنانية و محبة المال و السلطة و الخداع و التملق
و هنا أيضا الوفاء و الحب الحقيقي و التضحية وانكار الذات
هنا تكريم الكاذب الخادع
و احتقار و نفي الصادق المخلص
و بناءً عليه فإن الأحداث كما يطلق علي هذه المرحلة من أدب شكسبير :
و كالعادة جمال الأسلوب و متعة الحوار بين الشخصيات ..بلا حشو أو ملل
حينما نري أسيادنا
يقاسون ما نقاسي
لا نشعر بمصائبنا
و من تألم وحده كان ألمه أشد علي النفس
حيت يولّي ظهره لمظاهر السعا ...more
Upon re-reading, I'm struck by the observation that the King of France is the smartest man here. The only one whose actions show any kind of foresight. "She is herself a dowry...". Although he got sloppy seconds and his calculated risk didn't pay off, he saw the writing on the wall from Act 1, Scene 1. He knew them skanky beyotches, G & R, would do themselves in and that Lear would lose his shit when he realized what he'd done. And he'd have ...more
The Fool’s presence in King Lear lasts for little more than two acts. While the fool provides some needed comic relief, more importantly, he serves as Lear’s moral guide, illuminating Lear’s faults and provoking Lear to action. The first references to the Fool serve to let us know that he’s not in Goneril’s camp, and he is sympathetic to Cordelia.
When the Fool does at last appear, Lear’s regard is apparent. The Fool, in conversation with Kent, refers to Lear obliquely as “this fellow” ...more
And along the way, don't forget, we ge ...more
King Lear, a play by William Shakespeare, was a depiction of traitors within families. Something akin to a soap opera at times, and something that most people with a family can attest to. Lear is a king with three daughters, the youngest, Cordelia, being the only one who loves him. When Lear decides he wants to retire and divide up the kingdom, he summons his daughters to him and asks them how much they love him. He uses their answer to decide how mu ...more
I've read "Lear" many times, and, although I don't believe I learned anything new about the play this reading, I did learn a little about myself and how I have changed. 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 at ...more
Amore filiale, amore del potere, amore carnale, amore.
E la parola. Parola sibillina, parola urlata, parola scritta, parola non detta.
Quando questi due elementi prendono strade diverse dirompente si staglia la tragedia dell'uomo. Solo così comprendo il monito disperato e inascoltato di Shakespeare quando, per bocca di Edgard afferma che noi dobbiamo "dire ciò che sentiamo e non quello che conviene dire”.
Me gustó este libro, trata sobre la ingratitud filial y el desprecio a la vejez. Cómo todo cae ante la búsqueda del poder dañando a otros, y cómo abusan de las personas ancianas.
Los personajes están bien diferenciados, quiénes son los que están del lado del bien (Lear, Cordelia, Kent, Gloucester, Edgar), como los que están del lado del mal (Gonerill, Regan, Cornwall, Oswald); sin embargo tengo mis dudas con respecto a Edmund y a Albany.
Edmund hizo todo lo que hizo por verse menospreciado como ba
I think the oft-repeated maxim that Shakespeare's plays are best seen and not read is most true for his sex jokes and for King Lear. Because, in seeing King Lear, I felt fo ...more
The staging I found for King Lear was the 2008 television film starring Ian McKellen in the title role. Shot at Pinewood Studios in London, the cast includes Jonathan Hyde (playing a good guy for once!) as Kent, Frances Barber as Goneril, Mon ...more
Absolute death metal face melting riff of a play.
I read it in high school, barely getting anything out of it, and kept it on the back burner to re-visit someday.
Gave it a good re-read recently and it took the top of my head off. Such excoriating, fierce, uncompromising bleakness mixed with raw tenderness amid apocalyptic, anarchic social nightmare. I'd really like to reread this again and put down my thoughts and interpretations one of these days....
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