Academic Papers on King Lear

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A 10 page research paper concerning conditional and unconditional love as shown by the characters in Shakespeare's play. The writer argues a relevant thesis and details the nature of types of love and how each character exemplifies it, with emphasis upon Lear and Cordelia. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Kinglea

A 6 page paper contrasting the varying ways justice is defined in this epic work by Shakespeare. The paper concludes that 'earthly justice' is dispensed according to subjective human affections and can thus be either merciful or cruel, while 'divine justice', or the forcible return of events to the way they were originally ordained ...

A 5 page analysis of the development of Lear's own character. The writer demonstrates how the play chronicles Lear's growth until his suffering is made complete by his realization of the part he played in his own downfall and the tragedy in general. No additional sources cited.

King Lear and Cordelia

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page essay exploring the irony of Cordelia's continued love and loyalty for and to her father, King Lear, despite his mistreatment of her. The irony is seen in the fact that when Lear finally realizes and can admit his mistake to Cordelia, it is too late. His curse of her has been acted ...

A 5 page paper discussing the view that no matter how much adversity Lear faced, there was always a way for him to rectify things, that he was always in control and each decision would ultimately reap a positive end. Argument uses only Shakespeare's play. No additional sources cited.

A 7 page paper discussing whether the protagonist of Shakespeare's play was really mad. The paper concludes that at the beginning of the play he was only mildly senile, but was gradually driven mad over the course of five acts from shock, humiliation, and grief. No additional sources cited.

A strong, 6 pages analysis of how King Lear is a study in duality. The theme of appearance versus reality is a reoccurring one throughout the play and as the writer demonstrates, nothing is as it seems. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 7 page paper examining King Lear in terms of the statement 'The power of Shakespeare's plays is that they present man simultaneously in all his aspects.' It argues that in Lear Shakespeare created a character who encompasses good and evil, power and weakness, greed and generosity -- in short, all human attributes -- within ...

This 4 page paper examines the William Shakespeare play, King Lear in terms of how it inherently attempts to answer the question, "What is man?"

A 10 page paper analyzing the twin plots and three character groupings in Shakespeare's play. The paper shows that each of Lear's characters has some goodness (or at least a readily-understood motivation for his misdeeds), and that it takes mitigating circumstances to bring out his or her wicked behavior. Thus, King Lear's Britain is not ...

A 5 page paper analyzing the twin plots of Shakespeare's play -- that of the dispossession of Lear by his two evil daughters, and the usurpation of Gloucester's lands and power by his illegitimate son. The paper shows that the moral of both stories is the same: that we do not always judge our children ...

The Fool in King Lear

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page paper about the character of the Fool in King Lear. The writer describes why the Fool acts as the only character with wisdom and insight, and the dramatic effect that this serves. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper on disguises and deception in Shakespeare's play. The writer details the use of both physical and emotional disguises by the characters, and how this works to advance the plot and also to describe characters. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 4 page paper in which King Lear's eldest daughter, Goneril, explains her wicked behavior toward her father; her husband, Edmund; and her sisters, Regan and Cordelia from her own, positive rationale. Bibliography lists 1 source.

6 pages in length. An analytical look at the specific importance of taking a breath in Shakespeare's "King Lear." Using several instances from the play -- as well as quotes from others -- the writer highlights Shakespeare's purposeful use of this otherwise common human activity. Bibliography lists 4 supporting sources.

An eight page paper comparing Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Shakespeare’s King Lear in terms of their development of the tragic hero. The paper concludes that the way Shakespeare has developed his hero also owes much to the influence of Sophocles and Greek tragedy. Bibliography lists seven sources.

A five page paper looking at the Elizabethan concept of natural law in relation to this play by William Shakespeare. The paper asserts that Shakespeare’s audiences believed that there was a natural, cosmic order of things ordained by God, and Lear violated it so many times in the first act alone that the tragic results ...

A five page paper looking at the way suffering transforms William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” from an arrogant, dictatorial king into a man who realizes the folly of his ways. The paper shows that he is brought down by his own vanity, but humbled by his recognition that he has brought it upon himself. No additional ...

A six page paper looking at these two interrelated themes in Shakespeare's classic tragedy. The paper traces the recurring motif of disguise in the play and shows how it can be used aggressively, to harm or conquer, or defensively, to protect oneself from attack. No additional sources.

In 5 pages, the author discusses the subplot of the Earl of Gloucester and his role in William Shakespeare's King Lear. No other sources are cited.

In 5 pages, the author analyses all the things that King Lear learns in William Shakespeare's King Lear. ''The Tragedy of King Lear' is, as its title claims, a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare. Both the primary plot and the sub-plot in the play contain tragic elements and great suffering. ...

The Fool in King Lear

  • 4 page paper

A 4 page paper which discusses the character of the fool in King Lear. The foundation of the discussion is that of the fool having been referred to as 'the uncanniest character in Shakespeare.' This is analyzed as well as the incident of the fool leaving halfway through the story, never to appear again. The paper utilizes the ...

A seven page paperlooking at William Shakespeare's King Lear and Dante's Inferno in terms of their use of animal symbolism as a metaphor for the monstrous aspects of the human psyche. The paper concludes that in both works human weakness and shortsightedness bear responsibility for a punishment which sometimes doesn't seem to fit the crime. ...

Shakespeare's King Lear is a study in the art of writing on a myriad of levels. This 5 page paper asserts that within the play is an element of Romanticism that wasn't defined until a century after the play was written. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

This 7 page paper considers the views of society regarding the apocalypse and how we can see these perceptions which originate from the bible brought to life in the literary works of the time. The example chosen is King Lear, a pagan king who has many flaws. The bibliography sites 5 sources.

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