King Lear and the Gods

King Lear and the Gods

by William R. Elton

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King Lear and the Gods by William R. Elton

Many critics hold that Shakespeare's King Lear is primarily a drama of meaningful suffering and redemption within a just universe ruled by providential higher powers. William Elton's King Lear and the Gods challenges the validity of this widespread optimistic view. Testing the prevailing view against the play's acknowledged sources, and analyzing the functions of the double plot, the characters, and the play's implicit ironies, Elton concludes that this standard interpretation constitutes a serious misreading of the tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813160054
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William R. Elton is professor of English at the Graduate School, City University of New York. He has published widely in English Renaissance drama and intellectual history.

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