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King Lear by William Shakespeare
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King Lear, why don't I love you the way I love Hamlet and Macbeth? Is it that your fatal flaw seems to be being dumb as a brick and I just can't respect that? Being overly pensive and angsty or being power mad and not being able to handle your wife calling you a pansy---those are flaws I can go for, but extreme stupidity masquerading as pride? I don't know, Lear. For whatever reason I just don't enjoy your play as much as I do the other great tragedies. In many ways, Lear towers as the bleakest of them, but I find myself caring less than I should. I know it's an awesome play. I relish its ghastly scenes ("Out, vile jelly!") and lines such as "When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools" and "As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport." Really, is there any better way to wallow in nihilism than to read King Lear? And yet. It doesn't hold any of my favorite speeches and I don't love any of the characters. Still. It's a darn good play.
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Tobinsfavorite I read this a long time ago because my mother said it was her favorite, and I did like it, but I really appreciate your analysis of Lear's fatal flaw.


Mike Moore I have to agree with you Angie. I appreciate Lear much more than I enjoy it. Maybe it's the "sound and fury" aspect. I crave meaning! Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth are loaded to bursting with subtext. Lear seems to have everything on the surface, and everything is nothing at all.


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