Thug Notes is now on TV! Here’s my special episode on King Lear by William Shakespeare – as featured on BET’s new show, The Xperiment.
King Lear (1660) | Written by: William Shakespeare | Published by: Penguin
King Lear Summary & Analysis – Thug Notes on BET – Sparky’s Short & Sweets
Sup baby? Doc Sweets again and today we’re seein da cold truth with King Lear by William Shakespeare.
Since King Lear’s old ass shittin in diapers these days, it’s time fo’ him to divvy up his power between his three daughters. Fool hands it ALL to tha two daughters givin’ him a ROYAL ass-kissing, leavin’ da only daughter who keep it real wit’ jack shit. Lear loses his damn mind when he realize he got played, and his homie Gloucester even get blinded! Afta’ a whole buncha backstabbin, Lear die along wit’ all 3 of his daughters. Damn.
Man. Lear had it all. I mean this fool went from havin’ da whole damn world swingin from his nuts, to bein a bum wit’ no crew. In fact, plenty a’ scholars think dat’s what dis play all about: loss- da loss of power, love, life, and most importantly- da loss of sight- on da figurative AND da literal, son.
See, Lear’s head so damn big dat he only see da truth he wanna see. When his two daughters talk him up like he all dat, he eats dat shit up. But fool is completely blind to what’s really going down: they jus’ frontin’ so he’ll leave em some swoel dollas and phat cribs. So even though brutha can see physically, morally, he straight Stevie Wonder up in here.
Likewise, Gloucester ain’t got da sight to know he bein played by his son. Since he believe every damn word comin outta his son’s mouth, he blind to tha truth. Only afta’ literally havin’ his damn eyes pulled out do he finally understand who been pullin’ his strings.
Look- what’s on da surface ain’t always da truth. When you start judgin a book by it’s cover, you gon’ make whack assumptions(Sparky refers to himself) NAW MEAN? Until next time, my well read ballas.