Even Samuel Johnson found some of Shakespeare's violent scenes unwatchable.
We may think of _Harry Potter_ as escapist delight, but J.K. Rowling’s books also contain an extended theme that has more in common with _King Lear_ than most English professors might care to admit.
Shakespeare’s play offered me a chance to think about India's political and social issues from a literary and epic perspective.
King Lear manifests the neurosis of age and abuse. While his behaviour is dramatically exaggerated, we can read universal lessons on toxic family dynamics in Shakespear's tragedy.
Lear's mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe. So what's the play's key message, for current times, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role?