is one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare
, and I've grown to appreciate it more and more as I get older. This work is filled with family squabbles, madness, and turmoil; but what does it all mean in the grander scheme of things? Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
- What is important about the title?
- What are the conflicts in King Lear? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this play?
- How does William Shakespeare reveal character in King Lear?
- What are some themes? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- What are some symbols in King Lear? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- Are the characters consistent in their actions? Which of the characters are fully developed? How? Why?
- Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?
- Does the play end the way you expected? How? Why?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the play? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- How does the play relate to other Shakespearean (and/or Elizabethan) dramas?
- How essential is the setting? Could the play have taken place anywhere else?
- What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?
- How is the father/daughter relationship represented?
- What elements of the story, plot, characterization, etc. are the most controversial?
- Would you recommend this play to a friend?