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Power and powerlessness How can the theme of power and powerlessness be discussed in...
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High School Teacher
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Richard III and King Lear each explore different kinds of power dynamics, emphasizing the differences between those with power and those without.
King Lear, the character, is a poignant example of a man who once owned great power and, in giving it away, was introduced to a life of powerlessness. He was forced to face, directly, the stark differences between these two modes of being.
Posted by e-martin on September 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM (Answer #2)
The English might look to the immortal Charles Dickens for a description of the powerless. His stories are largely peopled by those who hold no political power (Oliver Twist), but have to find other ways to make their way in life. They are often victimized by those who do wield conventional power (Miss Havisham).
Posted by mwalter822 on September 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM (Answer #3)
Middle School Teacher
I am not sure if this is what you had in mind, but post #3 inspired me to think about A Tale of Two Cities, which is about power and powerlessness in England and France. In the story, the French Revolution is intended to empower the poor masses, but ends up giving too much power to those who abuse it.
Posted by litteacher8 on September 21, 2012 at 2:51 AM (Answer #4)
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