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English author Graham Greene once said The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people Youre there listening to every word but part of you is observing Everything is useful to a writer Writers draw inspiration for their work from a multitude of sources Whether it comes from an occurrence that the writer experienced or something they saw in a dream inspirations can be very diverse William Shakespeare like many playwrights found inspiration in a variety of sources that led to the creation of many of his most famous works While these sources can vary from other works of literature to historical events to oral legends they all influenced Shakespeare in one way or another Some of the main sources Shakespeare uses for inspiration for King Lear are two different folktales Shakespeare builds King Lear off of these folk tales with a few key differences most notably is the lack of a happy ending in Shakespeares play Shakespeare also uses another play has his primary source of inspiration Again Shakespeare varies from this play by editing the many things including ending After analyzing Shakespeares original sources the reader is left wondering why he would choose to end King Lear on such a tragic note One of the main reasons the ending is so crucial and drastically different from its sources is because the family dynamic in King Lear is distorted compared to the sources Although Shakespeare combined a variety of sources to develop the ideas used in King Lear the play is in unique due to Shakespeares portrayal of family dynamicsThrough reading King Lear the reader may notice similarities between the play and popular folktales The most obvious resemblance is the one between King Lear and Cinderella The basic premise in the Cinderella story is that a daughter Cinderella is left motherless after her mother passes away and so her father remarries a woman who already has two daughters
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