Critics and Other Readings of Lear

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Critics and Other Reading of Lear
Samuel Johnson:
`The tragedy of Lear is deservedly celebrated among the dramas
of Shakespeare' ... there is no play which `keeps the attention so
strongly fixed'
`instances of cruelty are too savage and shocking'
The plucking out of Gloucester's eyes on stage is `an act too horrid
to be endured in dramatic exhibition'
Cordelia's death is `contrary to the natural ideas of justice' and he
is `shocked' by it
The play is `just a representation of the common events in human
life'
`The cruelty of his daughters is the primary source of his distress'
the loss of his Kingdom is secondary in his madness
George Orwell:
Lear doesn't see that is he surrenders power, other people will
take advantage of his weakness, and that those who flatter whim
the most are exactly the ones who will turn against him. (In simple
terms: Its Lear's FAULT!)
Tolstoy describes his rage as `strange and unnatural'
Coleridge:
The whole tragedy is a reaction to the first four lines of the play
Bradley:
It's a great play but its great sadness is why its `least presented on
the stage' in its original form. Instead, after the Restoration,
Tates' version reigned, wherein Cordelia does not die, rather she
marries Edgar, who is the King of France, and restores her Lear
before succeeding him. Ultimately, good triumphs over evil, and
the audience are satisfied with justice being served.
Maxwell:
King Lear is a Christian Play about a pagan world
Aristotle:
The hero is a man whose misfortune is brought by `some error of
judgement'. However, some critics feel that because Lear
`repents he is not a tragic hero'
Other readings
Psychological:

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Critics and Other Reading of Lear
Some psychological readings of King Lear suggest that Lear's
relationship with Cordelia was incestuous and the `tempest' was a form
of justice and punishment for this. I think this is mostly absurd and
ridiculous.…read more

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Critics and Other Reading of Lear
Their quest for power and cruelty towards their father could be seen as
their chance at switching round the principles of the Chain of Being,
wherein women supersede men.…read more

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