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“The Fool remains a better critic of Lear than all later resenters of the king, because he accepts Lear’s sublimity and uniqueness and they cannot.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- To start, a bit about the Fool.  It’s the changes in the Folio that affect the Fool more than other character in the play.  And in fact, his dramatic importance … Continue reading

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“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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“They say the owl was a baker’s daughter. Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be”

Hamlet Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Let’s look at Ophelia.  And Gertrude and Ophelia.  First from Harold Bloom: “Polonius is an old meddler, and Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are confidence men at best [MY NOTE:  That sounds about … Continue reading

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“I prefer the youth, deeply involved in politics, rid of illusions, sarcastic, passionate and brutal. A young rebel who has about him something of the charm of James Dean.”

Hamlet Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————————- Act Two:  Hamlet decides to fake madness (or does he?) in order to investigate his father’s death, and the whole court is thrown into confusion – Ophelia is stunned, Polonius thinks … Continue reading

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