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King Lear, in Three Words
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0361  Monday, 9 February 2004

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Sunday, 8 Feb 2004 22:33:04 -0500
Subject: 15.0336 King Lear, in Three Words
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0336 King Lear, in Three Words

Al Magary likens Soames Forsyte to Richard III.  I have to say that I
have not yet seen the revisionist? Soames of the current Masterpiece
Theater remake of The Forsyte Saga.  The 1968 version's  Eric Porter
(whom some will remember as one of the least charismatic Lears ever) was
about as unRicardian as could be, a dour, self-righteous, but
conventionally moral man who buys a beautiful wife, insists by force
that the bargain includes sex, loses her to his bohemian cousin, suffers
agenbite of inwit, and then behaves relatively well.  I'm at a loss to
find a Shakespearean counterpart, but the murderous crook-backed
machiavel is certainly not the one.  Is Damien Lewis that much different?

David Evett

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