Help with Questions to King Lear: Gloucester is no less a tragic figure than his king


  1. ‘Gloucester is no less a tragic figure than his king.’ To what extent can you agree with this view?
  2. By considering the dramatic effects of King Lear, evaluate the view that ‘despite the appalling suffering, the world of the play is not without hope’.
  3. In which ways is King Lear timeless, yet clearly a play of its times?
  4. Discuss Shakespeare’s exploration of the role of language, as portrayed through King Lear.
  5. How justified are critics in regarding King Lear as a major tragedy?
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