King Lear

07 Oct

King Lear is my favorite play. Ever. I wrote a mini-review of it for school. So, here it is:

Imagine being a king – dying – with no one to turn to as your grip on reality starts to fade. Lear, king of Britain, is old, and fears that he is becoming mad. Cordelia, his loving daughter, is the only thing he can hold on to, but she refuses to play his game when he demands a public display of her affection.  The world of the play spirals into darkness and blackness when Lear rebukes his daughter, exiles her, and gives his kingdom to his two other stone-hearted daughters.

Thus begins the tragedy of the play, as Cordelia is banished and her cruel sisters rule. Lear, now metaphorically blinded, is in torment; his mind is like a storm, at war with itself.  Meanwhile, a great storm rages outside.  It is in this storm where he recovers not his sanity, but his humanity. With interesting plot twists and secondary stories that serve as mirrors to the central story,  it is up to Lear, through blindness and misery, to recover his wits and save his mind, kingdom, and young Cordelia.

King Lear is Shakespeare at his best. This riveting, evocative play has gripped audiences and readers for centuries. It has poignant dialogue and beautiful use of language, and the way Shakespeare conveyed emotions in his characters is magical. To understand mankind, you need to read King Lear. The pages turn themselves, the scenes roll on by as you cry, laugh, and weep along with Lear.

I have read and seen King Lear many times, and I cannot think of a book I could recommend more highly. The pain, the guilt, the misery, the shame and torment come alive both on the page and on the stage. You can never forget this haunting tragedy.


Posted by on October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “King Lear

  1. Nabu Horr'e

    October 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    I love King lear too!

  2. shakespearelover

    October 8, 2010 at 6:32 AM

    Did you see it at the X… theatre in the summer. The Lear was brilliant. Goneril and Edmund had great chemistry, and I liked Gloucester. The eye gouging scene… well, it was gross (!) but the screams, and the pain, and the moans really made it look real (shudder). The director took a few liberties in the play in general… but it’s not like they drastically changed the plot.

  3. Nabu Horr'e

    October 8, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    I did indeed, and yes, it was amazing.

  4. shakespearelover

    October 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    Yes, yes! Did you see the other plays?


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