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    intriguing story. “The story opens in ancient Britain, where the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril. Lear's plan is to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the child who professes to love him the most, certain that his favorite daughter, Cordelia, will win the challenge.” (Mabillard) These opening lines set up the rest of the story and kind of give readers an in site to what the daughters of the king are

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    Social illusion can be defined as a perception, as of visual stimuli that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality(online dictionary). Both the play of King Lear by William Shakespeare and the novel of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley compare the two perceptions of social illusion and reality in regards to the ideals induced by society. Both Huxley and Shakespeare attempt to expose the social illusions of their respective times. In both texts, the authors acknowledge

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    "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players." (www.ise.uvic.ca) This quote, written by William Shakespeare, illustrates that everybody is a little part of the big world, merely playing his or her "role" as a human. It very much describes the bard himself, being a little part of that "stage". Although his part was small, he still made an incredible impact. William Shakespeare was a fabulous playwright, writing great plays and putting forth ultimate effort. Shakespeare's

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    Tragedy, a dramatic art form, extending back thousands of years, employs human suffering to invoke catharsis and vicarious pleasure in the audience. While deriving pleasure from viewing the suffering of others appears paradoxical, tragedies are one of the most popular forms of entertainment today. Although the elements and defining characteristics of tragedy have changed drastically throughout the years, in essence they remain the same. A tragic hero unexpectedly experiences an unprecedented calamity

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    King Lear vs. The Stone Angel

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    It has been said that, “Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never.”(worldofquotes.com) This is a quote that can be deconstructed when examining William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel. When reviewing the two books the main characters, King Lear and Hagar, are easily comparable. The first similarity becomes apparent when King Lear and Hagar are both developed as flawed characters. Secondly, because of their flaws the two characters become blind to reality

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    Edgar first assumes the disguise of Poor Tom as Lear and the Earl of Gloucester enter the cave in which Edgar is hiding. Since Edgar was banished, similar to Kent, who is also present later in this act, he must conjure up a disguise. Why does Edgar chose the repulsive beggar that Poor Tom is? Well, remember that Poor Tom represents the popular belief of the insane during the Elizabethan era. Therefore, he is the perfect disguise. No one would ever suspect Poor Tom of being Edgar, because Edgar is

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    King Lear

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    King Lear & A Thousand Acres: The Storms That Loom Within Our Lives Dadds 1 Thesis Statement: The similarities that have been revealed in King Lear and A Thousand Acres are havoc, turmoil and dysfunction that so many families have been plagued with for centuries. There have been many movies made in the last century that have remarkable similarities to movies and plays made decades ago. This is true with the movie A Thousand Acres. A Thousand Acres is a modern day

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    Lear and Family

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    ..mportance is not what he needs to survive. Rather, it is his daughter Cordelia that he really needs. At the end of the play, King Lear cries out with his animalistic howls with Cordelia's dead body in his arms. His death shortly after signifies Cordelia's necessity for Lear's survival in life. By the end of the play, Lear's realization of his mistakes is too late to save him. He realizes that Cordelia was the very thing that he needed. Shakespeare's tragic play King Lear shows

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    Comparing the Dominant and Feminist Readings of King Lear Shakespeare's King Lear has been the source of much contention as to the way in which the text can be read. The play originally was written for the Jacobean audience of Shakespeare's time, but since then has taken on many other readings. These new readings are produced to comment on issues in the society in which it is explored. Readings encompass a wide range of ideas - from the Dominant reading, the manner in which Shakespeare's

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    King Lear Every situation in life has an appearance, and a reality. The appearance of a situation is usually what we want to see. The reality, what is really going on, is not always as obvious to the observer. People who cannot penetrate through the superficial appearance of a situation will see only what they want to believe is true; often, the reality of a situation is unappealing to the perceiver. These are the circumstances surrounding the conflict that occurs in William Shakespeare's King

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