Oxford Literature Companions: King Lear
$11.24

Oxford Literature Companions: King Lear

By Carmel Waldron
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Book Description

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work wtih the text. Each book
also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Plot and Structure
    • Plot
    • Structure
  • Context
    • Biography of William Shakespeare
    • Political background
    • Social background
    • Religion and superstition
    • Health and sickness
    • Theatre and entertainment
    • Crime and punishment
    • Shakespeare’s sources for King Lear
  • Genre
    • Drama
    • Shakespearean tragedy
  • Characterization and Roles
    • King Lear
    • Earl of Gloucester
    • Edmund
    • Edgar
    • Goneril and Regan
    • Cordelia
    • The Fool
    • Kent
    • Oswald
  • Language
    • Blank verse and prose
    • Images and symbols
    • Language and character
  • Themes
    • Power and powerlessness
    • Justice
    • Fathers and children
    • Appearance and reality, disguise and deceit
    • Religion and belief
  • Performance
    • History of King Lear performance
    • Shakespeare’s stagecraft
  • Critical Views
    • 17th to 19th-century criticism
    • 20th and 21st-century criticism
  • Skills and Practice
    • The exam
    • Understanding the question
    • Planning your answer
    • Writing your answer
    • Using textual references and quotations
    • Sample questions
    • Sample answers
  • Glossary and Further Reading
  • Back Cover
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