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Compare the Various Film and Literature Adaptations of Shakespeare The adaptation of Shakespeares works has become a common activity in the Twentieth century His works have constantly influenced literary minds But recently and uniquely created media have too attempted to embrace the universal stories proposed by this father of modern English Modern cinema has often strained to shape Shakespeares stories into the limited time of the film reel resulting in dramatic even sacrilegious to some dedicated thespians cutting of scenes and characters Since the post-Freudian saturation of critical essays on these plays popular media have been able to take this into account to acknowledge it This essay proposes that Peter Brooks version of King Lear is more a critical essay an interpretation then a stage adaptation Narrative adaptation must assume certain aspects of a play where the author replaces gaps and questions with his or her own answers As Jane Smiley said narrative questions the validity of appearances and changes the perspective of the traditional play King Lear is certainly a problematic play From the outset it appears conventional dividing the evil and the good But upon closer examination such clearly defined distinctions become dubious The idea of Lear as the typical protagonist of evoking sympathy is difficult Even from the beginning a materialist valuation of love emerges Tell me my daughters Which of you shall we say doth love us most The love is for the land The character of Cordelia is also difficult to confine to a traditional role Although Lear banishes her from her claim to the kingdom she rarely is involved in any action and her lines of forgiveness can be interpreted as submissive to her fathers regained dominance Edgars motive for bringing his blind father to the cliffs of Dover are unclear His reason for allowing Gloster to reach the depths of despair to perform fake suicide appears mocking and grotesque Redemption through suffering seems to be the
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