King Lear Context

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  • King Lear Context
    • Religion
      • Pietà - image of Mary carrying Jesus as a parallel of Cordelia and Lear
      • Puritan themes from banned Catholicism
      • Puritan theme - the Gods and how they rule over everything
    • King James IV/monarchy
      • King of Scotland, wanted unification
        • First time 'British' is used in a Shakespeare play due to unification
      • Elizabeth had no children and left the country without an heir
      • Era of Spies 'eyes and ears' depicted in portraits of Elizabeth I
      • Divine Right of Kings
      • King Brutus on dividing the Kingdom - a warning to James
      • King James preferred his son Henry over his son Charles
      • The Plague in 1606 delayed James' coronation
    • Madness
      • Anne Gunter and throwing up nails - demonic possession > Edgar
      • Harsnett's Declaration integrated into the play
      • James' obsession with witchcraft
    • Literary
      • Writing satricial plays at the time could end the playwright in prison e.g. Ben Jonson
      • Based of 'King Leir' by Anon
      • Shakespeare almost never starts his plays with the protagonist apart from in Richard III
      • Links to the Illiad
        • Puritan theme - the Gods and how they rule over everything
    • 1606
      • Wheel of Fortune - circular and who gets what
      • Torture and Punishment
      • Equivocation - the ambiguity of what we say and what we mean
      • Gunpowder plot - Monteagle letter. A group against one person
        • End of King Lear sees the destruction of the royal family/death and confusion, as is what was to happen in the Gunpowder Plot
      • Eclipses - scary/supernatural/beautiful
      • Natural order
      • Machiavelli 'the end justifies the means'
      • Primogeniture laws - first born gets the inheritance
        • Women were the property of their father's and husbands
  • 1606
    • Wheel of Fortune - circular and who gets what
    • Torture and Punishment
    • Equivocation - the ambiguity of what we say and what we mean
    • Gunpowder plot - Monteagle letter. A group against one person
      • End of King Lear sees the destruction of the royal family/death and confusion, as is what was to happen in the Gunpowder Plot
    • Eclipses - scary/supernatural/beautiful
    • Natural order
    • Machiavelli 'the end justifies the means'
    • Primogeniture laws - first born gets the inheritance
      • Women were the property of their father's and husbands

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