(From All of Shakespeare by Maurice Charney. ©1993 Columbia University Press. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.)
Shut out on the heath during a wild storm, the mad Lear is preoccupied with justice:
Tremble, thou wretch,
That hast within thee undivulged crimes
Unwhipped of justice.
He is exploring one of the fundamental themes of Shakespearean tragedy. In the moral audit he is "a man/ More sinned against than sinning" (59-60). Fundamental to his vision of a more just society is his invocation of...
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