King Lear | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Sears Jayne

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of King Lear.
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Critical Essay by Sears Jayne

SOURCE: Jayne, Sears. “Charity in King Lear.Shakespeare Quarterly 15, no. 2 (spring 1964): 277-88.

In the following essay, Jayne advocates a pessimistic reading of King Lear, focusing on the lack of charity among the characters.

In Christopher Morley's novel, The Haunted Bookshop,1 the proprietor of the shop, confessing that he has never read King Lear, gives as his reason, “If I were ever very ill, I would only need to say to myself, ‘You can't die yet, you haven't read Lear.’” The judgment implied in this remark is, of course, that of a man who has read the play, and is perfectly sound in its suggestion that King Lear belongs among the extremities of human experience. It is a play of the most shattering impact. Violent in language and...

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