Study guides: King Lear for sixth year students

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Shakespeare’s King Lear is on the 2021 Leaving Cert exam and WIT’s lecturers have compiled a set of essays to help sixth years in their studies

Common themes of power, madness and kingship are often discussed in relation to Shakespeare’s King Lear. All of these thematic concerns are dealt with in this booklet developed by academic staff from the BA (Hons) programme at WIT, which also focuses on family dynamics, the nature of empathy and the central moments of cruelty that inform the text.

Above all, the booklet seeks to re-evaluate Lear himself and the way in which he represents our human failings, our appetite for self-destruction, and our desire for redemption. 

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