The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0563. Wednesday, 14 May 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 13 May 1997 10:32:06 +1200
Subject: King Lear
I am a second year student at university and am about to embark on an
assignment about King Lear.
Is he a melancholy man? Schucking states that Lear in his madness 'does
little more than follow the beaten track of the melancholy type' I am
finding it difficult to come to grips with Lear being a melancholy man,
can anyone enlighten me on this?
Schucking further states that Lear is not purified by suffering, but
rather 'a nature completely transformed, whose extraordinary vital
forces are extiniguished, or about to be extinguished'.