King Lear

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G&D Media, 2024 M01 12 - 232 pages

King Lear, first performed around 1805, and thought to have been written between Othello and Macbeth, is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. It is a story of madness and flattery and the struggle for power but above all it is about human suffering, as we watch a monarch who is betrayed by his daughters and robbed of his kingdom descend into madness. It is one of the most relentlessly bleak of Shakespeare's tragedies. The story challenges us with the magnitude, the intensity, and the sheer duration of the pain that it represents.

Lear's themes of ingratitude, injustice, and the meaninglessness of life are explored with unsurpassed power and depth. Greed, treachery, and cruelty are everywhere and the final act of the play is both brutal and heartbreaking. As we see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability, along with pride, and, perhaps, wisdom-it is only one reason that this most devastating of Shakespeare's tragedies is also perhaps his most moving.

The play has been widely adapted for the stage and motion pictures, with the title role coveted by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

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William Shakespeare (April 1564 - April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").

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