Shakespeare 's King Lear : The Five Act Tragedy Essay

2251 Words Dec 8th, 2014 10 Pages
Shakespeare’s King Lear was a five act tragedy. The story of King Lear was first published in 1608. (William, 2000) King Lear was a Shakespearean play, as well as a story. Because religion played a major role in Shakespeare’s life and during this time period he used Christ like metaphors in his writings including King Lear. (William, 2000) This story was a very accustomed tale in Elizabethan England, where it was believed to be based off of historical facts from British history. (Metzger, 2000) Two daughters attempted to have their father declared insane so that they might seize his estate. The youngest daughter Cordelia was the only one who objected and remained faithful to her father. In this story Shakespeare was supporting Christian beliefs in divine justice. Instead of proposing easy answers to the plot and story of King Lear, Shakespeare makes you think and ponder about the role of God and divine justice, as well as putting some historical accounts and original writings during this time period.
When Shakespeare was writing King Lear, English had survived many years of civil war, political, and religious disturbance. (Metzger, 2000) Shakespeare also used many literary devices in this story such as comic relief and soliloquy. (Metzger, 2000) Both literary devices are used to keep the audience interested in the story and make sure they never know what will happen next. The characters play a major role and really show how Shakespeare’s writing styles are put to use…

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