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King Lear A03 and A04

Cross Contextual Tragedies

Text Peripeteia Hamartia Anagnorisis
(Catastrophic event)
Othello Iago preys on His jealousy, pride After killing
Othello's character, and gullible nature Desdemona he finally
exploits his learns of her
understanding of innocence and Iago's
honour and treachery
Hamlet Hamlet's hesitance to His…

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Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy 1871

Before Dionysus caused chaos Greek art was naïve and only concerned with the
superficial The appearance of Apollo was to keep peace and shield from the
innate suffering of the world
Agree because Tragedy exposes true human emotion in every day culture,
society looks…

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Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream, The Gravediggers in Hamlet
Jan Kott, "The Fool...rejects all appearances, of law, justice, and moral order.
He sees brute force, cruelty and lust. He has no illusions"

Michael Reist

The Mediaeval and Renaissance eras of British history were two distinct cultural
Shakespeare's King Lear…

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the reign of James did not descend into disunity after this initial spat with
Parliament is down to the likes of Robert Cecil who brought a great degree of
administrative skill
King Lear was written during a time of uncertainty. London had been decimated
by the Plague which shut the…

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Cordelia's death shatters the moralityplay pattern and send King Lear into the
abyss of tragedy
Cordelia is the logical culmination of the misogyny in the play
Edmund killing Cordelia is the epitome of masculinity slaying femininity
"Pelican Daughters"
1. Pelicans shed their own blood to feed its young ­ and…

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1. Criticised the lack of justice at the end
2. Found Cornelia's death deeply shocking

19th Century Criticism

Some see Cordelia as a Jesus like figure with Christian values redeeming Lear
like Edgar

1. Believed Shakespeare showed "a firm faith in filial piety" (philosophical
ethical system developed by Chinese…




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Really great, thorough notes - definitely useful for anyone studying King Lear at A Level!

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