In separating male and female roles into distinct categories, and subsequently determining those assigned to women as less important, sexism and patriarchy are allowed to play pervasive roles in society. Filed under Uncategorized. Both may be worth looking at if you expand these points for a longer paper. What do you make of the fact that the two most celebrated works have a similar psychological structure at their center?
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In that sort of mental state, can his tears be such reliable indicators of his surrender to feminine emotions? Or could they simply be signs of his regret, to be followed by his surrender to insanity?
I really enjoyed the way you took in Kahn's point of view and especially how you interpret his tears in the end. I didn't really take in the fact that he was in the midst of his madness as much as I had hoped he was truly learning. Your entry leaves me to think more beyond my own and I appreciate your writing.
I enjoyed your take on Coppelia Kahn's assessment. I also believed that when Lear doesn't notice that Goneril and Regan are being fake it could be because he doesn't understand them or real emotional at all.
The only thing he cares about are what people say to him, even if they are all lies. I think it is interesting how you interpreted that by "failure of a father's power" she was blaming him on how everything turned out. I did not even think to look at it that way and it is very interesting that you did. I can see where you are coming from when you say they both failed one another. Even though he might have failed them as a father by not always being there, they equally or perhaps failed him even more by trying to take everything away from him and betraying him in the cruelest forms.
It's also true that because Lear is going insane at the time, there is no way of completely telling whether his tears are because he is becoming closer to his feminine side or because he is letting go of himself completely and letting madness take over.
I do think however, that he is opening himself up to his emotions somewhat because he is remorseful about what he did to Cordelia and how things have turned out. I tend to agree with you when you speak about how both Lear and the presumed wife and mother are absent in their lives.
It almost blinds him to the dishonesty that Regan and Goneril display and I think the beginning of the play is when we best understand and see it. I watched the Ian McClellan version movie at home to help guide me through this play and also liked watching the visual expressions on Lears face when his daughters, for lack of better words, kissed his butt. It was almost disgusting - but that is how he knows love.
He knows love in tangible items, love that he can draw boundaries to and give amounts of depending on the level of love provided. It's rather disturbing if you ask me. And you are right, they are humoring him. Only supplying him with what he wants to hear and not what is really in their hearts.
I really like your thoughts on the last act with Cordeila. Perhaps the tears are of exhaustion, too? Perhaps a man, a king for that matter, is able to shed some tears after he has lost everything. I enjoyed your post. In scene one, the allotment of his land to his daughters in exchange for the expression of their love for him clearly shows his desire to command their affection.
The attempt, albeit unorthodox, did outwardly yield the results that he wanted with the exception of Cordelia. Hesitantly, Regan and Goneril each profess their love for him and—as the Ian McKellan adaptation shows—he is visibly pleased.
But Lear is either too proud to notice, or completely oblivious and blind to their empty love. From reading the play, one gets the sense that Lear was just as absent from their upbringing as their mother was.
I get the impression that, through her judgment of Lear, Kahn inadvertently exonerates Regan and Goneril. But as much as Lear failed them, they failed him as daughters in their dismissal and eventual betrayal. Posted by Vu Le at PM. Vanessa O. S March 3, at PM. Samantha March 3, at PM. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
With this multilayered reading, the aim is to present how the attempts of an adaptation to avoid the origins will result in a complete redefinition of those very origins in question, provoking new and quite drastic interpretations to King Lear. El ensayo de Stanley Cavell The Avoidance of Love en la obra de Shakespeare sirve como intertexto para examinar ambas obras. However, avoidance is also possible to comprehend as a means of creation, a writing technique, so to say. Now tragedy grows from the fortunes we choose to interpret, to accept, as inevitable [ Prequel adaptations unlike fantasy prequels do not try to provide a background for every single character or plotline of the original play. Much rather, instead of a complete backstory, by providing segmental explanations, they offer new possible interpretative strategies and paths for the original play. Cavell makes the following comment about performing King Lear :.
Post a comment. Synopsis of essay. When Lear describes his pain and sorrow as hysterical, he is making it feminine. From ancient times, many suffering women were said to be suffering from hysteria.
During the beginning of King Lear , there is a love test in which Lear attempts to divide his kingdom among his three daughters by the amount of praise that they display towards him. Both Goneril and Regan utter similar words declaring their love for their father, even though it is evident that King Lear does not carry as much affection towards the pair as he does towards Cordelia. Obviously by the end of the play, we learn that Goneril and Regan are not innocent by any means. Filed under Uncategorized. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.