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The Representation of Violence in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Bond’s Lear [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2021; 5(4): 167-178 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.54036

The Representation of Violence in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Bond’s Lear

Ayman Farid Khafaga
Department of English Language, College of Science and Humanities at Al- Aflaj, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University

This paper presents a thematic comparison to the theme of violence in both William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Edward Bond’s Lear. In doing so, the paper tries to draw an intertextual link between the two plays, wherein Shakespearean original is dexterously employed as an intertext to Bond’s play. The main objective of this paper is to show the extent to which the theme of violence is represented in the two plays, by shedding light on the technicalities through which violence is intertextually dramatized in Bond’s Lear. Two main research questions are addressed here: first, how does Bond make use of Shakespeare’s play to present the theme violence in his Lear? Second, to what extent does Bond deviate from Shakespeare’s classic to prove his originality? Two main findings have been revealed in this paper: first, unlike Shakespeare’s King Lear in which violence plays a subsidiary role, the violence in Bond’s Lear is the major theme around which other themes such as capitalism revolve; and second, Bond’s technique in presenting violence highlights the reciprocal relationship between violence and modern technology, which, in turn, implies that the misuse of modern technology is one reason that creates violence and reinforces it.

Keywords: violence, King Lear, Lear, Shakespeare, Bond, intertextuality

Ayman Farid Khafaga. The Representation of Violence in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Bond’s Lear. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(4): 167-178

Corresponding Author: Ayman Farid Khafaga, Saudi Arabia
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