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Re: Themes in King Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0608.  Thursday, 29 May 1997.

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 29 May 1997 05:42:24 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 8.0605  Themes in King Lear

[2]     From:   Alan Pierpoint <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 May 1997 23:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Themes in King Lear


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 29 May 1997 05:42:24 -0400
Subject: Themes in King Lear
Comment:        SHK 8.0605  Themes in King Lear

For Chris Clark: One of the central themes in King Lear is
unemployment.  Think about it.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Alan Pierpoint <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 May 1997 23:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Themes in King Lear

One theme of Lear is that of old age, and the horror of Lear's
self-discovery:  His shallow vanity has poisoned his family
relationships and left him destitute in his old age, with no time left
to make things right.  Life is perhaps a race between self-knowledge and
death, and death always wins; but it matters, sometimes a lot, how soon
we learn what we DO manage to learn...by the way, an interesting take on
the Lear story, re-set in the American heartland, is Jane Smiley's A
Thousand Acres.  Imagine the story told from Goneril's point of view,
with Cordelia as a bitch lawyer and Edmond as a Vietnam deserter and
organic farmer, and the old man...well, he's evil in ways that Lear
never was.

Alan Pierpoint   
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