What is power politics in "King Lear"? Is Shakespeare a post colonial?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The second part of the question is highly intriguing.  One of the strongest and, perhaps, underrated aspects of Shakespeare's work is its articulation of a new and modern world order where the elements that used to define it have disappeared.  In this setting, modern consciousness bears much in way of similarity of Lear in the storm, clothes ragged, unclear of where to go and how to proceed.  The realpolitik nature of Lear's children towards him, dissolving the bonds once convenience has been met, as well as the neglect of "the best" who end up "lacking all conviction" helps to solidify the essence of Shakespeare's statement that can be applied to post- Colonial reality,  where freedom had to be conceived in a different light than was previously configured.