Shakespeare’s play, King Lear

Shakespeare’s play, King Lear

Assignment

This paper will be about Shakespeare’s play, King Lear.

Write a well-organized and fully developed essay that addresses one (1) of the following questions about Shakespeare’s King Lear:

1.Listen to a lecture on the nature of tragedy and the ending of King Lear and write a response. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?
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2. Shakespeare was one of the first playwrights to have dual plots, rather than one major storyline, in his plays. How does each of the dual plots (Lear and his daughters/Gloucester and his sons) in King Lear contribute to the understanding of the other plot and the play as a whole?

3. What function does the Fool serve in the play? Why do you think he disappears after Act III? What impact does his disappearance have?

4. Some characters discuss fate and the impact the stars, planets, eclipses, etc. have on people’s behavior, while other characters believe people are responsible for their own actions. Overall, which view do you think is endorsed in the play? Why?

Guidelines

Make sure your paper display good grammar and is well-organized
Use quotations from the play to illustrate or support your claims, and make sure you cite these in correct MLA format
Have a strong thesis statement that answer the prompt you selected
Your paper should be 3 to 5 pages long (750 to 1250 words)

Grading: This essay must demonstrate your ability to discuss literature, make connections, and developed strong literary analyses.