King Lear

As Peter Brook’s production illustrates, the themes and conflicts Shakespeare’s King Lear explore the idea that the world is in constant chaos. That, in fact, evil is simply natural chaos. Many have commented that Cordelia’s death takes audiences by surprise. Audiences often expect Cordelia to survive because she is one of the few characters who has not harmed or borne malice towards others. What does Shakespeare force audiences to examine the idea that there is simply chaos and no order or morality by denying us an ending in which good triumphs over evil? As always, journals should be between 2 to 4 pages double-spaced in length and supported with paraphrases and/or brief direct quotations from the critical articles.

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