• Creative Essay on the ‘Revolutionary’ King Lear

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    In three pages this creative essay considers the possibilities of King Lear, instead of falling victim to old age and resigned to defeat, adopts a more ‘hippie’ attitude and organizes a revolution against daughters in order to win back his power. Two sources are listed in the bibliography.

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    kingdom among his two eldest daughters Goneril and Regan who profess to love him the most. He exiles his youngest daughter Cordelia, who he believes has not demonstrated sufficient  paternal loyalty and respect to him, and Lears daughters waste little time in banishing the monarch from his former realm shortly thereafter. The story, as Shakespeare tells it, is  one of anguish and despair, with Lear finally succumbing to the ravages of age and is never again restored to the throne. But what if instead of passively accepting  defeat, Lear instead decided to take a page out of the revolutionary book the hippies penned back in the 1960s? That was a time when revolution was everywhere -  in American streets young people were protesting in support of the civil rights movement and against an unpopular war in Southeast Asia and also on the shores of Cuba where  Fidel Castros revolutionary forces defeated the Batista regime. Lear could have launched a similar revolution against his daughters. While Goneril and Regan retained the power their father entrusted in  them, cracks were already beginning to emerge between the two as one began suspecting the other of treachery. A shrewd Lear could have joined forces with another expatriate, Edmund  of Gloucester, much like Fidel Castro did with the revolutionary Che Guevara during the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Edmund used his considerable masculine charms on the married Goneril and  Regan, which reinforced the tensions between them. He revealed his worth as a Lear revolution co-conspirator in the observation, "To both these sisters have I sworn my love, /  Each jealous of the other... Which of them shall I take? / Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyed / If both remain alive" (V.i.59-62). With the two 

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