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It follows plainly, in the first place, that the change of fortune presented must not be the spectacle of a virtuous man brought from prosperity to adversity: for this moves neither pity nor fear; it merely shocks us. Nor, again, that of a bad man passing from adversity to prosperity: for nothing can be more alien to the spirit of Tragedy; it possesses no single tragic quality; it neither satisfies the moral sense nor calls forth pity or fear.
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The play is actually about anger --and Shakespeare has chosen a Jew to represent somebody who is rightto be angry,and he allows Shylock to speak about this eloquently, even brilliantly.
It may have beenintroduced to explain the hero's name.
In the US, the "Free Will Baptist" denominationemphasized evangelization and need to work hard to bringothers to Christ, against those who thoughtthat God's predestination made this unnecessary.Some Hindus and Buddhistshave taught that a person's behavior ina past life predestines happiness or misery in the current one,by the laws of karma.
He gave the baby to a friend, who took it to Corinth,another town.
The "extras" who served as knights in the first and second act and whowill be in the battle scenes at the end can be the extra lunatics.)When he sees the hut, and before seeing the lunatic(s), King Learrealizes that what is happening to him now is what he has allowedto happen to the poor throughout his reign.
One day, after he had grown up, a drunkmentioned his being adopted.
His whole retinue have abandoned himexcept the jester, who begs Lear to go apologize to his daughtersand seek shelter, and Kent, who sends to Dover, where the Frencharmy has landed in expectation of a British civil war.