King Lear

King Lear❴Read❵ ➵ King Lear Author William Shakespeare – Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude intensity and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts engage in violence or try to alleviate the suffer Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude intensity and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts engage in violence or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What then keeps bringing us back to King Lear For all the force of its language King Lear is almost eually powerful when translated suggesting that it is the story in large part that draws us to the playThe play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty on the one hand and support and consolation on the other Emotions are extreme magnified to gigantic proportions We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability pride and perhaps wisdom—one reason this most devastating of Shakespeare’s tragedies is also perhaps his most movingThe authoritative edition of King Lear from The Folger Shakespeare Library the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further readingEssay by Susan SnyderThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For information visit Folgeredu.

William Shakespeare baptised April was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre eminent dramatist He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays sonnets two long narrative poems and several other poems His plays have been tr.

King Lear eBook Ä Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 338 pages
  • King Lear
  • William Shakespeare
  • English
  • 07 February 2016
  • 9780743482769

10 thoughts on “King Lear

  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    I've read Lear many times and although I didn't learn much about the play this reading I did learn a little about myself I have always loved the play but in the past I found its injustice and evil nigh overpowering its victims pathetically guiltless its perspective verging on the nihilistic Now though I see goodness and grace everywhere in Cordelia's plain spoken honesty and love for Lear in Kent and Gloster's loyalty in Edgar's bizarre attempt to heal his father's soul through stratagem and perhaps most important in the way Lear himself grows in understanding and compassion even as he grows in grief and madness The bad guys have their moments too the devotion of Oswald to Goneril Edmund's tardy but apparently sincere attempt to save Cordelia and Lear's lives and my favorite the heroic effort of Cornwall's servant to intervene in the blinding of Gloster by wounding the vicious master whom he has served loyally all his life Goodness seems to triumph here even in the midst of loss and I no longer feel the evil to be overwhelming I merely bow my head in thanksgiving for goodness and tremble in reverence before the mystery of life

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    King Lear William ShakespeareKing Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare It depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character after he disposes of his kingdom giving beuests to two of his three daughters based on their flattery of him bringing tragic conseuences for all Derived from the legend of Lear of Britain a mythological Pre Roman Celtic kingعنوانها «شاه لیر»، «لیر شاه»؛ «نمایشنامه شاه لیر»؛ «الملک لیر»؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ انتشاراتیها بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، علمی فرهنگی، ورجاوند، نشر مرکز، پارسه؛ ادبیات انگلستان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1973میلادی و در سال 1995میلادیعنوان لیر شاه؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم جواد پیمان؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر، 1339، در 200ص، چاپ دیگر 1347؛ در 296ص؛ چاپ دیگر انتشارات علمی فرهنگی، 1373؛ چاپ دیگر 1375؛ شابک 9644452518؛ چاپ ششم 1379؛ چاپ هفتم 1380؛ چاپ هشتم 1381؛ نهم 1382؛ دهم 1387؛ شابک 9789644452512؛ یازدهم 1391؛ موضوع نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 17معنوان نمایشنامه شاه لیر؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم ما به آذین؛ تهران، ورجاوند، 1382، در 144ص، شابک 9647656408؛عنوان الملک لیر؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم محمد مصطفی بدری؛ کویت، وزارة الاعلام، 1355، در 222ص، به زبان عربی؛ شابک 9789642131631؛عنوان شاه لیر؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ بازنگری اندرو متیوز؛ مترجم مرجان رضائی؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، 1393، در 58ص، شابک 9789642131631؛عنوان لیر شاه؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم میلاد میناکار؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر پارسه، 1394، در 240ص، شابک 9786002531919؛عنوان لیر شاه؛ نویسنده ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم بیتا حسینی؛ تهران، انتشارات اسحق، 1394، در 64ص، شابک 9786008175170؛لیر شاه، پادشاه کهنسال انگلستان، قلمرو خویش را به دو دختر ناسپاس، و چاپلوس خود، میبخشند، دختر کهترشان را که از چرب زبانی و مداهنه پرهیز دارد، محروم میکنند، از آن پس، دو دختر چنان با پدر پیر خویش رفتار میکنند، که «لیر» دیوانه میشود؛ سر به بیابان میگذارد؛ این قسمت از نمایشنامه، پرتو درخشان نبوغ «شکسپیر» است؛ سرانجام «لیر» دیوانه، جسد بیجان دختر کهتر را، که به دست گماشتگان خواهرانش از پای درآمده، در آغوش میگیرد و از رنج زندگی رها میشود؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 12061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  3. Amit Mishra says:

    King Lear can be read in various ways as a theological drama as a philosophical one as a supreme example of Shakespeare's intuitive egalitarianism or even as a melodrama lifted towards tragedy only by its superb poetry It is the most titanic of Shakespeare's tragedy

  4. Jeffrey Keeten says:

    “Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise” There is a hope of course for many of us to become wiser as we become older In most cases this does work but sometimes we exchange naivete for senility with too few years of graceful wisdom in between King Lear with his daughters The cast of the 2018 movieKing Lear makes the decision to split his kingdom between his three daughters A magnanimous decision if viewed one way but a very foolish decision if one considers the normal course of human behavior when a vacuum of power occurs Lear’s Fool states the situation very clearly ”Lear Dost thou call me a fool boy?Fool All the other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with” When thy Fool is calling thy a fool thy should probably ponder thy actions a while longer There is a part of me that feels that Lear may have felt the gears of his mind begin to slip in the worn out grooves of their passage He may have believed he was doing his kingdom a favor by stepping down in favor of the youth of his loins I’m sure he imagines a idyllic life riding hunting joking eating and doing whatever else he chooses to do at any given time in the company of his stipulated 100 knights who are his entourage of chaos Of course there is a rub from the very opening of the play Cordelia his youngest daughter and most precious does not give him the reassuring answers he wishes to hear In a fit of madness he banishes her The two older daughters Goneril and Regan are astute in their proclamations of love and devotion telling their father what they know he wants to hear Early on despite the sisters’ obvious duplicity in the face of Cordelia’s honesty I find myself sympathetic to them It is obvious that they too have suffered under the increasingly unpredictable madness of King Lear The theme of the play revolves around madness and blindness The kissing cousins of afflictions Lear may have suffered first from madness but his blindness to Cordelia’s devotion sets off a cascade of horrific events that only can ever be set right if he finds his sanity He is not alone The Earl of Gloucester proves eually blind in the assessment of his two sons Edgar and Edmund Edgar is the dutiful son Edmund the bastard is suffering from numerous resentments which are unfortunately being fed by his naked ambition Edmund ”I do serve you in this businessA credulous father and a brother nobleWhose nature is so far from doing harmsThat he suspects none; on whose foolish honestyMy practices ride easy I see the businessLet me if not by birth have lands by witAll with me’s meet that I can fashion fit” If not for the trustful natures of his father and brother Edmund would not have attempted to undermine and destroy them It is their fault for being so gullible sigh Gloucester was never shy about how Edmund came to be his son He proclaimed his pleasure in his making to anyone who cared to listen Gloucester “But I have a son Sir by order of law some year elder than this who yet is no dearer in my account though this knave came something saucily to the world before he was sent for yet was his mother fair; there was good sport at his making and the whoreson must be acknowledged” My sympathy for Goneril and Regan uickly evaporates as Edmund in his deception and aspirations creates a wedge between the sisters that destroys what I once found so likeable about themtheir loyalty to one another For me what makes this play so brilliant is the shifting sympathies I feel as the plot progresses What I once believed is revealed to be untrue Characters prove unreliable even to the point that several are going around disguising their identities Those most true are those most reviled This play is a tragedy and as the dominos begin to fall Lear’s madness seems to have infected all Who is responsible for all of this? Well we could say Lear but really it is his wisdom eroded by madness that causes such dreadful devastation to the kingdom I paired reading this play with watching the 2018 Anthony Hopkins’s King Lear which has been set in a modern society much like Ian McKellen’s masterful version of Richard III 1995 This adaptation of Lear available on Prime has an all star cast including Emma Thompson Emily Watson Jim Broadbent Tobias Menzies and Florence Pugh whom I absolutely loved in Lady Macbeth based on the Nikolai Leskov story I’m sure that role allowed her the opportunity to work with the Hollywood greats who were cast for this movie Edgar “The weight of this sad time we must obey;Speak what we feel not what we ought to sayThe oldest hath borne most we that are youngShall never see so much nor live so long If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  5. Dolors says:

    My first encounter with Shakespeare has totally swept me off my feet As much as I had heard of the indisputable grandeur of the most famous playwright of all times I never expected to be so immersed in the swirling undercurrents of the incongruities of human nature that are so vividly portrayed in this tragedy Even though my inexpensive Wordsworth edition wasn’t generous with annotations or academic essays the universality of Shakespeare’s art wrought in versed polyptotons playful aphorisms and grotesue imagery surpasses all attempts to categorize his work Always elusive and prone to countless interpretations Shakespeare remains inscrutable and daunts the present reader with uestions of yesteryear about the meaning of lifeA surrealistic bargain that includes the old King Lear exchanging land for the love declarations of his three daughters in the opening scene triggers a chain of events that combine a peculiar mix of humorous absurdity demented remorse and virulent wrath that escalates to a tragic climaxThe Duke of Glo’ster is blind when his eyes clearly see and cheated by his bastard son the Machiavellian Edmund he accuses his legitimate offspring Edgar of conspiracy Two fathers in the autumn of their lives misjudge their siblings act impulsively and end up paying dearly for their pride One loses his sight the other his sanity but both preserve faithful servants that guide them through the wilderness of the desolate heath where the sky dissolves into tears under a raging stormLush with religious references Greek mythology and several doses of misogynistic diatribe the setting and aim of the story persists in being ambiguous although the critics seem to agree on Pre Christian Britain there is doubt regarding its moral purpose But whether Shakespeare confirmed or subverted the idea of a providential order is secondary to me The power of this play relays in the ongoing paradoxes that coexist in all the characters as it does in human nature for they all display an irrepressible tendency for extreme cruelty envy and greed that is counterbalanced with a great capacity for forgiveness repentance and love How can divine justice fit the randomness of an untamed nature that punishes the innocent without apparent purpose? “As flies to wanton boys are we to the godsThey kill us for their sport” Is the blind or deranged man the Fool or else the Sage that illuminates the audience with sporadic lucidity? “O let me kiss that handLet me wipe it first; it smells of mortality”Whatever the case Shakespeare’s response is uneuivocal Love is what keeps us going Without love children would be orphans lovers sterile and Kings beggarsYet love doesn’t stamp out vileness indifference or sorrow because human beings are but ”forked animals” trapped in a fabricated reality that try to swim against the currents of this vitriolic maelstrom called existenceBut oh the joy of flickering hope of stars aligned of virtue prevailing over darkness because with Shakespeare everything is possible “So we'll live And pray and sing and tell old tales and laughAt gilded butterflies”Edit August 13th 2017 From Harold Bloom's essay Lear beyond us in grandeur and in essential authority is still a startlingly intimate figure since he is an emblem of fatherhood itself Outrageously hyperbolical insanely elouent Lear nevertheless always demands love than can be given and so he scarcely can speak without crossing the realms of the unsayable

  6. Henry Avila says:

    How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless childGood King Lear feared in his younger days has two in pagan Britain the inhabitants worship the numerous gods there hundreds of years before the birth of Christ the ancient ruler in his eighties can no longer govern well no stamina his mind is deteriorating uickly with no sons but three devoted daughters he believes decides to divide the kingdom eually between them but first the widower monarch needs to hear how much his daughters love himGoneril the oldest married to the weak duke of Albany is a vile mean jealous without morals woman her sister Regan just as bad the wife of the cruel duke of Cornwall they could be twins emotionally but hate each other with a passion as only sisters can the husbands are puppets in their endless conspiracies for absolute power Goneril and Regan shower the gullible king with untrue platitudes of endearment lovely Cordelia the youngest unmarried but has many suitors says she loves her father like a daughter should but the puzzled uite angry man misconstruing these mild remarks and he Lear banishes his child no land either for the former favorite but not before giving Cordelia to the sympathetic king of France as his bride he admires her nobilitywithout a dowry The Earl of Kent protests vehemently the sovereign's biggest supporter and he too is told to leave Britain at once or be executed the poor oblivious man has given away all power and benefits to his unworthy children no longer nowEvery inch a king Kent risks his life by staying in England disguising himself in order to help the feeble friend Lear becoming his loyal servant Caius protecting the confused mad king from his evil rival daughters many insults he Lear regrets his unwise gifts to them The very cold scheming ambitious bastard son Edmund the term fits than one way of the too trusting nobleman the Earl of Gloucester feels he deserves all the glory wealth and titles that his older brother the virtuous but naive Edgar who is continually kind to the half brother will inherit someday nothing is beneath him lies and deceit get elaborate making love to Goneril and Regan maneuvering forward to accomplish his desires and the contemptible goals he wantsIn real life there are no happy endings people live do good things or bad and then die the next generation repeats this eternal pattern until the final rays of the Sun shine for the last time and the darkness swallows the world This play by Shakespeare is one of the finest ever written it shows why the author was and is still the greatest writer to put down his ideas on paper

  7. Amalia Gavea says:

    “When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools” “This is the excellent foppery of the world thatwhen we are sick in fortune often the surfeitof our own behavior we make guilty of ourdisasters the sun the moon and the stars asif we were villains by necessity; fools byheavenly compulsion; knaves thieves andtreachers by spherical predominance; drunkardsliars and adulterers by an enforced obedience ofplanetary influence; and all that we are evil inby a divine thrusting on an admirable evasionof whoremaster man to lay his goatishdisposition to the charge of a star”

  8. Lisa says:

    In times of change stress or general uneasiness I find myself repeatedly uoting ShakespeareThere is something soothing in the knowledge that he wrote all those unforgettable lines over 400 years ago and they still make so much sense sometimes sense than our most recent literary production I know that I am in some kind of identity crisis when King Lear comes to my mind again and I open the highly impractical Collected Works of Shakespeare and try to find Lear without completely breaking the suffering spine“Who is it that can tell me who I am?”That was the uote I had in my head and I found it uickly enough following my post it signs but of course Shakespeare being the magician that he is he lures me into his world and I find myself rereading major parts of the whole play It does not necessarily make me forget my everyday worries for Shakespeare is no escapism writer Rather I feel that my concerns and thoughts are given a wider noble context as they can be related to that master of words plots characters everything human Shakespeare does not give me answers but he gives my uestions validityI am a man sinned against than sinning who doesn't want to yell out those famous words of King Lear's every once in a while? And they might be true But does that really excuse the sinning? I love the ambiguous world of Shakespeare and King Lear has it all Action drama feelings in the wrong and right places politics and common sense in unexpected situations The long diatribe on man's blaming the stars for his viciousness is one of my favouritesKing Lear is as good as Shakespeare can be“This is the excellent foppery of the world thatwhen we are sick in fortune often the surfeitof our own behavior we make guilty of ourdisasters the sun the moon and the stars asif we were villains by necessity; fools byheavenly compulsion; knaves thieves andtreachers by spherical predominance; drunkardsliars and adulterers by an enforced obedience ofplanetary influence; and all that we are evil inby a divine thrusting on an admirable evasionof whoremaster man to lay his goatishdisposition to the charge of a star”

  9. Manny says:

    I was lucky enough to be living in Stockholm when Ingmar Bergman staged Lear at the Swedish National Theatre in the late 80s and I saw it twice Bergman's take on the play was very interesting and unusual; he interpreted it as fundamentally optimisticObviously you're wondering why and in the hands of a lesser director it would probably just have been a piece of unnecessary perversity Bergman's reasoning was in fact not bizarre He saw the key scene of the play as the reconciliation between Lear and Cordelia; this was the one shown on the poster which was plastered all over town Everywhere you looked you could see Lear and his daughter kneeling holding hands and looking into each other's eyes with relief and joy streaming from their faces What Bergman was saying was that everyone like Lear has done horrible things to the people who love them most Usually they never have a chance to say sorry or receive forgiveness from the people they have wronged Lear got that chance just before he and Cordelia died so we should be happy for him Bergman directed the play when he was about 70 If you know anything about his life you will readily understand why he might have interpreted it this way It was an extremely moving production

  10. James says:

    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to King Lear a tragic play by William Shakespeare published in 1603 I enjoyed the play and then watched a few film versions My review will cover both the book and the film I saw with a bit of sarcasm and humor just to be different than all the other ones LOLLear is an absolutely ridiculous character who belongs in the looney bin in my opinion He has lost all control over his life his family and his kingdom He is foolish blind and stubborn When reading the play I thought Lear was some old king who couldn’t take care of anything He was just plain ineffective After watching a few film versions I whole heartedly agree Lear is still a vain crotchety old man However I did see some humor in him that I didn’t notice in the first reading of the play He was definitely not likable on a first read; however when I started to watch the video clips I found myself saying that I could tolerate him All of a sudden I classified him as likable human Even when you just want to kill him he is still kind of funny and tolerableLear was somewhat like a grandfather in my opinion Not one of those everyday grandfathers though He reminded me of the much older funny grandfather who laughs at everything but doesn’t realize what he’s doing In fact I actually thought of him as a Santa Claus figure It sounds weird but the looks automatically ualify him to be Santa Claus His attitude could be a problem though He might have been a really nice guy when he was younger and not so stubborn As for Lear’s daughters I see Lear’s daughters as all being from 25 to 40 no than that though Gonerill though did make Lear’s anger appear believable to me I see how much she had to say and then I realize how he can be so upset with Cordelia’s response Cordelia seems a little too weak to be his daughter I picture her as being stronger and able to handle herself against him It was hard to picture three daughters surrounding their old aging father Lear Having each daughter one by one go to their father to say how they loved him was powerful I watched the characters grow and then leap off the page The play is a good one to read to see the life of parents and children royalty and order of succession It's a great commentary on how we behave and treat our elders especially both as parents and as humans And on the flip side you also see what happens when you make rash decisions not realizing the impact down the line and how much you want to fix them but sometimes you cannot About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators

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