King Lear | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Paul W. Kahn

This literature criticism consists of approximately 44 pages of analysis & critique of King Lear.
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Critical Essay by Paul W. Kahn

SOURCE: “Love's Trials,” in Law and Love: The Trials of King Lear, Yale University Press, 2000, pp. 1-28.

In the following essay, Kahn posits that at the center of King Lear is a treatise on the exclusivity of love and political power.

Love and political power are central themes of King Lear. In the course of the play, Lear moves from power to love and back to power. The tragic action of the play is brought on by efforts to breach the separation between love and power, to mold power by love, or to infuse love with power. But what is appropriate for love is inappropriate for power, and what is appropriate for power is inappropriate for love. Man must die to power if he is to love purely. Or he must restrain love if he is...

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