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King Lear by William Shakespeare
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: for-college
Read from February 09 to 27, 2012

What I love about Shakespeare, or what I'm realizing I love about Shakespeare, is that behind all the obnoxious characters, awkward dialogue and obsessive need to off main characters, his works are really subtle. A guy who misses his dead father. A man ostracized from society faces insanity. A king decides to retire and faces the reality of death. At their core these aren't complicated works of fiction. I think King Lear is one of my favorites so far because of the way Shakespeare offs Lear, with two tiny words written in italics as Lear sees his thought-to-be-dead daughter subtly breathing - He dies.

As Dustin Hoffman said in what might be the most profound children's movie ever made, "The culmination of what may be the most influential work of dramatic literature is He dies. It takes a genius to come up with He dies. I know it's only natural to be sad, but not because of the words He dies, but because of the life we saw before them."

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message 1: by Cara (new)

Cara Hmmmm.. what movie is that again?

Mitchel Broussard Mr. Magorium lol.

message 3: by Cara (new)

Cara Duh, I had totally forgotten that. Hmm... maybe it needs a rewatch:)

Mitchel Broussard SO GOOD. One of my all-time favorites. It's so dark and smart and assumes kids can handle death themes and references from a 400 year old play. Plus, I LOVE Natalie Portman.

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