"Hamlet", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Macbeth" have kind of been done to death. So, this is to me one of the best plays on Shakespeare's huge list of plays. The women of this play are so well written and well-rounded - and the rise and fall of a self-involved king is written just differently enough to make it unique for it's time.
William Shakespeare's King Lear presents the devastating story of the protagonist, King Lear, and how he fails to distribute power equally to his three daughters. King Lear divided his power based on one main concept: how much the daughters praised him. The division of power eventually leads to one daughter receiving the least power, and King Lear realizes his mistake as the book progresses forward. I was given a recommendation of this book by an English teacher because they said that this was one of Shakespeare's famous and great books. At the time, I wasn't a big fan of Shakespeare's books because of his style of writing but after reading this book, I felt completely different about his writing. I absolutely loved how Shakespeare portrayed all of the characters in this novel, specifically Edmund. Edmund's portrayal as one of the antagonists really made the story a much more thrilling story to read for me. Overall, I would definitely agree that William Shakespeare's King Lear is one of his greatest books and after reading this myself, I would highly recommend this to all teenagers! @booksandgames9 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I really liked the "translation" feature, which made it a lot easier to read, but it's my least favorite Shakespeare work I've read so far. Julius Caesar is a much better political play.
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