"Clothes are emblems of pride and wickedness to
"Edmund evokes nature as his
goddess, a goddess who despises
such human, social contrivances as
"The play develops a language of folly and
madness, to be heard in counterpart with the
language of evil that remains horribly sane."
"King Lear is about suffering
represented as a condition of the world
as we inherit it or make it for ourselves."
"Shakespeare belonged to a world where
notions of man, his nature and his place in
the universe were an amalgamation of both
Christian and pagan philosophies."
"in order to overcome any debate on Kingship regarding
legitimacy or efficiency the representation of unity and harmony
between the state and Nature was of paramount importance to
his continued reign."
"Shakespeare develops the theme that
self-knowledge derives from inner
"In discovering what he is father to, he
must confront the implications of his
own flawed paternity."
"[Women] are characterised as monstrous and
increasingly identified as a source of evil, finally
removed from the realm of human sympathy"
"The storm functions as a place
in which Lear remembers his
"When everything in our history
tells us to believe the gods will
intervene on the side of virtue,
Shakespeare says they don't."
"Shakespeare ... violate[s] ... a
fundamental rule of drama that
plays serve as a moral or cautionary
influence on us, because they show
... that the good will triumph by the
end of the story."
William R Elton
"[Shatters] the foundations of faith itself."
"a sense of law and beauty ... and a
consciousness of greatness and pain."
"Shakespeare leaves us to hope the masses
will stand up for themselves."
"all bonds, all laws,
whether divine, natural or
human, are broken ...
social order will crumble