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1

Simon Russel Beale

Lear as having Lewy Body Dementia.
Doesn't soliloquise- can't communicate properly?
One of the only S-p characters that we see make their mistake early on- don't see the King that Cordelia etc. love.
Sympathy interesting- he is horrible and yet it would be wrong if we didn't feel sorry for him at the end- sympathy should come from the fact that he is aware that he is ill.

2

Heilman

"The sanity of the mad is that they can understand eternal truths"

3

Jan Kott

"He does not see or understand anything... Lear is ridiculous, naive and stupid".

4

Kenneth Muir

"Elizabethan dramatists usually used prose for the speech of mad persons... Lear moves in an out of prose, using a form of verse in his more coherent moments."

5

Emily Sun

"under their clothes, the king is the equal of the beggar"

6

Susan Heinzelman

"what "drives Lear mad" is the "recognition that the injustice he suffers... is the injustice he has already rendered".

7

A.C. Bradley

"Lear's fate would appear to us at best pathetic, at worst shocking, but certainly not tragic".