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Lear as Christian Play

Lear as Christian Play

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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Aug 12, 2012
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Christian Salvation vs.Nihilism
The Lasting Impact of Lear
 
Today...
- I want to meet the suggestion that this is an overly  bleak play to be written at a high point in Christian belief 
-
I‟ll examine the depth of Christian reference as a means
of arguing that
 King Lear
reinforces a Christian world view, rather than undermines it
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I‟ll end the lesson by asking you to make an
appropriately strong counter-argument to suggest thatthe very Christian world view I suggest is in factundermined by the play 
 
Robert Hunter
“By the light of nature [alone]
 King Lear
is eitherincomprehensible or meaningless, or both. In fact, Isuspect, what the [play] tells us is different from andrather worse than even that. It tells us nothing. Itshows us that in a state of nature, without the
knowledge or the grace of God, we are nothing.”
 
-
 Shakespeare and the Mystery of God’s Judgments
 

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