A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings--as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.
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Review: King LearUser Review - Sydney - Goodreads
My second Shakespeare play, yet another read that was improved by insights from a teacher. I don't remember it all that well (unfortunately, nearly two years have passed since I read it...oops) but I seem to remember a lot of well-placed irony. That Shakespeare knows his stuff. Read full review
Review: King LearUser Review - Audrey - Goodreads
I think of the three Shakespeare plays I read in my British Literature I course, this one was my favorite. It's still not really my cup of tea, though. Read full review