Monthly Archives: July 2013

“O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars.Are in the poorest thing superfluous.”

King Lear Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Two:  Edmund tells Edgar of their father’s anger and persuades him to flee, at which point Edgar decides to disguise himself as a beggar.  Meanwhile, Kent has attacked Goneril’s … Continue reading

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“Who is it that can tell me who I am?” “Lear’s shadow.”

King Lear Act One, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————– A couple of things of interest: 1.  I talked in my introduction to Lear about the fact that there are really two different versions of the play:  the Quarto and … Continue reading

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“In cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond crack’d ‘twist son and father…We have seen the best of our time.”

King Lear Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————— A couple of things to watch for and think about: 1.  Patterns of verbal imagery in the play, including those related to seeing, blindness and insight; the use of terms … Continue reading

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“Nothing will come from nothing. Speak again.”

King Lear Act One, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————– MAJOR CHARACTERS King Lear of Britain Goneril, Lear’s oldest daughter Duke of Albany, Goneril’s husband Regan, Lear’s second daughter Duke of Cornwall, Regan’s husband Cordelia, Lear’s youngest daughter Duke of … Continue reading

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“‘King Lear’ gives one the impression of life’s abundance magnificently compressed into one play.”

King Lear An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ———————————— We are now, I think, at the peak of Mount Shakespeare.  King Lear has long had a reputation as the ultimate in tragedy – this tale of a difficult father driven mad … Continue reading

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When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her,/though I know she lies…”

Shakespeare Sonnet #138 SONNET 138 When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutor’d youth, Unlearned in the world’s false subtleties. Thus vainly … Continue reading

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“It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.”

Macbeth Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– To conclude Stephen Booth’s look at Macbeth from King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy:  “I said earlier that an audience to Macbeth cannot keep itself within the category dictated by its own … Continue reading

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