‘Tigers not daughters’. King Lear and a patriachal world


‘Tigers not daughters.’ To what extent would you agree that King Lear reflects a patriarchal world view that seems terrified by women and what they might represent?

King Lear is often read as a misogynistic play which reinforces patriarchal hegemony and punishes women for subverting the stereotypical passive role. Notably, there are only three significant female characters in King Lear; Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, the three daughter’s of the eponymous King. This on its own is important as it reflects the underrepresentation of women and in particular, women in power. Goneril and Regan are both characters disliked for their lust for power and this is a characteristic which is often associated with hyper masculinity.  On the other hand there is evidence to suggest that these daughters behave as they do in response to their treatment and the fathering of Lear, which is why King Lear is often seen as…

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