YMMV / King Lear

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: At least one critic has wondered if a few particular lines in the play indicate that Lear has sexually abused his two oldest daughters. He refers to Goneril's 'dishonoured body' and the specific wording the two use to lay on the flattery in the love test is rather sketchy.
    • How much of Goneril's and Regan's plotting is fueled by ambition and jealousy, and how much is concern for keeping the kingdom from collapsing under their senile father? Remember also that the "good guy" army is a foreign invasion from France.
  • Designated Hero: Lear for the first half of the play before Goneril and Regan drive him out during the storm. Lear throughout the beginning is an unlikable asshole who's introduced exiling his daughter and adviser, and treats the other two daughters like servants.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Fool steals the show, more so than usual in this type of play.
    • The servant who fatally wounds Cornwall has caught the attention of a lot of readers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "What, art thou mad, old fellow?" Sound familiar?
  • Magnificent Bastard: Edmund is up there with Iago and Richard III. "Oh Gods, stand up for bastards!" Particularly of the magnificent variety.