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King Lear and the Gods

King Lear and the Gods

by William R. Elton

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky

384 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780813160054
  • Published: July 2014

$45.00

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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.