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Examine a range of alternative readings of King Lear and their relevance to contemporary audiences What Shakespeare Didnt Know Many faithful bardolatarians have labelled the plethora of alterative interpretations of Shakespeares greatest tragedy that blossomed in the twentieth century as false and blasphemous The Tragedy of King Lear they oralise was never intended by our William as anything other than what is - a profound Aristolean tragedy that remains the highest and most precise embodiment of the universal human condition The perennial fable of a father blinded by hubris and love betrayed by his ostensibly-filial children and forced to embark on a painful shriving journey which enlighten him upon better wisdom - was never meant to be understood as a class struggle or a battle between the sexes or most monstrous of all as a meaningless farce Or is it The voices of many English-speaking Marxists feminists and existentialists suddenly rise in protest We have reinterpreted King Lear within our ideological construct says one existentialist enhancing its relevance to a variety of audiences in the global ideological boiling pot of the twentieth century Existentialism developed during the 20th century so Shakespeare would not have recognised this term even though hes ahead of his times confirms this existentialist But he would have at some point during his chaotic marriage subconsciously acknowledged that the individual is responsible for their own moral choices questioned the existence of God and thought hmm maybe existence comes before essence Nihilists take this further accepting the failure of conventional reason and embracing meaninglessness as a condition Such a reading dwells on the inhumanity and disinterestedness of the forces which destroy Lear It focuses on the grotesque humour the absurd and incongruous elements like the jesting Fool and Gloucesters failed suicide Cordelias death is viewed as the most hideous and degrading joke in a world where like flies to wanton boys are we to the gods They
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