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Q: Kent’s Character


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0208  Saturday, 4 May 2013


From:        Jack Heller < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         April 27, 2013 9:35:57 AM EDT

Subject:     Q: Kent’s Character


We really are down a hole with no bottom in the “Businessman” thread. As far as I’m concerned, it has become a thread on the forbidden topic . . . which I’d prefer to be forbidden (though I always appreciate it when Peter Holland calls silliness by its name).


So we need a new topic, and let that be Kent in King Lear. In my latest reading of the play, Kent has dropped in my estimation. Some of his treatment of Oswald seems appropriate, in 1.4, but what about in 2.2? I’ve generally treated Kent as one of the moral cores of the play, but I’m concluding now that Kent, too, has some things to learn. What has been some good scholarship/criticism examining his character?


Jack Heller


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