Essay Archive - King Lear: Everything About the Play Hangs on First Two Scenes
King Lear: Everything About the Play Hangs on First Two Scenes
An argument to support the view that "everything about the play [King Lear]
hangs on the first two scenes not just the plot but the values as well."
"King Lear, as I see it, confronts the perplexity and mystery of human
action." (Shakespeare's Middle Tragedies, 169) As the previous quotation
from the scriptures of Maynard Mack implies, King Lear is a very complex and
intricate play which happens to be surrounded by a lot of debate. "The folio
of 1623, which was, as is well known, edited by two of Shakespeare's fell....