September 12, 2012

No, No, No!

Another production of King Lear that has Lear molesting his daughters?  How tiresome, banal and ridiculous. 

There is nothing in the play to support that interpretation.  Further -- if Lear is a monster, it makes Cordelia, Kent, Edgar, Gloucester, the Fool, Albany and his knights blithering idiots.  They love him.

Most important - if Lear is an incestuous monster, there is no tragedy whatsoever.  He deserves everything he gets.  That makes Shakespeare a blithering idiot.

Please.

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