Lear, King: What s happening

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Interpretation The history of King Lear and his three daughters is an old British legend. In his interpretation Shakespeare takes different sources; the main character is supposed to be taken from The True Chronicle History of King Leir . It is very odd for Shakespeare s way of writing that the plot changes so abrupt and all of a sudden. He abridges and concentrates the main plot and develops the material of a relatively irrelevant play into a tragedy, that is in order to convey a message about the last things of the human existence and his dangerous situation. This aspect could be shown in the end of his tragedy: The source material tells about the return of Leir to his throne in order to reign over England whereas Shakespeare makes the event more aggressive, especially by describing the death of our protagonist Lear and his beloved daughter Cordelia. In the structure of the appearance of the different characters and their dialogues, Shakespeare does not only try to deal with subjects or topics that are bound up to the act, like the problem of getting old, the relation father - children, the position of the king towards his nation and so on, he is including larger complexes of problems. These are among other things: Human self- knowledge and self- deception, cognition and madness, true and wrong values, the relation of individual and society, love and hate (of course), idealism, egoism and materialism, wealth and poverty, justice and arbitrariness. Beside this, the hero of ...

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