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Four most Prominent and Revered Works

Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear are the four most prominent and revered works

that William Shakespeare had ever produced, though the first three that I mentioned seem

to be recognized as more superior to King Lear. The opinion of many critics and others

who are familiar with the bard's work, myself included, feel that King Lear is one of, if not,

the greatest achievement in William Shakespeare's repertoire. Many people, however, on

the other side of the token, feel that King Lear is not his best play by far which puzzles me

as a reader. To envision such a plot and story line filled with war, love, death, deceit, and

madness was written in the early part of the 17th century is virtually unimaginable and

more likely to happen in the "anything goes" spectrum of today's literature and television.

King Lear was written about 1605 and is very similar to its most recent

predecessor, Othello (1604), in that both have the face of evil appear in its coldest and

inhumane forms. Many of the intricacies in Othello seem to rub off in that of King Lear.

I do wonder if the fact that both plays were written virtually one on top of the other that

Shakespeare overlapped the two plots twisting and turning them just enough to maintain

the separatism in both plays. Was Shak

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