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King Lear by William Shakespeare
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For some reason, I always wanted to read King Lear. Maybe it was because Ian McKellen once played King Lear at Royce Hall at UCLA and since only the rich could afford to attend, it made the play seem *special.* Maybe it was because my roommate once told me that her English professor cried while reading it. Or maybe it's because actress Meagan Fox has a King Lear quote tattooed on her back. I dunno. Either way, this play didn't really live up to my expectations. I thought it would be moving (like Othello, or Macbeth, or even The Merchant of Venice,) but alas, it was not. During lecture, I realized that this might be the point of the play: to question what makes a tragedy tragic. Eh. Hopefully the next play on the syllabus is better.
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Patrick I felt the same watching and reading this a few years ago. Embarrassed to admit, but I have yet to try Macbeth or Hamlet...


Maxine Oh man, you haven't read Hamlet or Macbeth? If you don't want to deal with the text of Hamlet (which is long as hell, and can get annoying because Hamlet is so damn indecisive), I'd recommend seeing it performed live. I coverted one of my English-hating friends into a Shakespeare fan this way. Also, Macbeth is a cursed play, so that should be reason enough to see it!


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