The Literary And Literary Devices Of King Lear Essay

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The Analysis and literary devices of King Lear King Lear is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare that is widely regarded as his best play. The true history of the play is mostly unknown, however, historians propose “The play was written between 1603 and 1606, and was first performed on St. Stephen’s day (December 26th) at King James’s court” (Rosenblum 786). While it’s up for debate what the primary source for King Lear was, there was many different sources that Shakespeare could have used to contribute to the play. The most well-known source, The True Chronicle History of King Leir, and His Three Daughters, is what most scholars consider to be the primary source since it is the most similar to King Lear. The anonymous play was written twelve years prior to King Lear, leading some scholars to believe Shakespeare plagiarized his version of the play. Shakespeare’s play, however, differs in many important aspects from King Leir. The older play is full of pieties and is, in fact, set in a Christian context, whereas Shakespeare’s play is an interesting mixture of pagan and Christian allusions and ideas. Another play Shakespeare may obtained inspiration from was Edmund Spenser’s The Faire Queene; specifically Canto ten of Book two, which directly mentioned Lear and the events that took place while he was in power. A nonliterary source that probably contributed to King Lear was a contemporary scandal involving an old knight, Sir Brian Annesley, and his three daughters. Another…

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