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AO3 'King Lear' critical quotes - Justice

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Johnson
"A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry"

It is debatable who the 'wicked' and the 'virtuous' are
Heilman
"The suffering in tragedy is not an end but a product and a means"

Does the suffering really lead to anything? After Lear suffers, he is unable to reintegrate in to society. His suffering leads to death, and it raises questions for the audience about social systems and the nature of human beings
Sun
"Under his clothes, the King is equal to the beggar"
A.C Bradley
'King Lear' is "monstrously unjust"
Norris
"The unnatural behavior of Goneril and Regan"
Goldberg
"The play does not offer us a guaranteed moral vantage point"
Dollimore
"The gods are at best callously just, and at worst, sadistically vindictive"
Bradley
"Bastards are always rotten
AO4: Satre in his book 'Lucifer and the Lord'
"Naturally, bastards betray. What else would they do?"
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