King Lear | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by René E. Fortin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of King Lear.
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Critical Essay by René E. Fortin

SOURCE: Fortin, René E. “Hermeneutical Circularity and Christian Interpretations of King Lear.Shakespeare Studies 12 (1979): 113-25.

In the essay below, Fortin asserts that a Christian reading of King Lear is as compatible with the “facts” of the play as a secular one, but that neither one is authoritative. Noting that the death of Cordelia is the principal impediment for Christian interpreters, he suggests that the play's ending, far from contradicting Christian doctrine, confirms the Catholic and Protestant notion of God's judgments as unknown and inexplicable.

Attempts to redeem King Lear by appealing to intimations of Christian transcendence in the play have been summarily, if not vehemently, dismissed by secular critics. Christian critics, we are told by W. R. Elton and others, are simply wrong because they...

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