King Lear

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Author(s): Shakespeare, William
Page Length: 313 pgs
Copyright: 2004
Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Item Code: 202721
ISBN: 9780743482769
ISBN-10: 074348276X

With these reckless words, Lear, the aged king of ancient Britain begins a game that will tear apart his kingdom, his family, and his own sense of self, pitting sister against sister, rewarding flattery, and punishing integrity. Lear is unable to foresee the consequences that will follow from his choice. The loyal Duke of Gloucester is likewise blinded, figuratively and literally, by flattery and deceptions, and he also learns too late the price of misplaced trust. This tragedy of the foolish king—arguably Shakespeare’s greatest work—is a poignant examination of the complexities of human nature: wisdom and foolishness, vision and blindness, and true love and loyalty between parents and their children.

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