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Shakespeare and Faulkner: Patriarchy in 'King Lear' and 'As I Lay Dying'

Joseph Marcell as King Lear. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.
Joseph Marcell as King Lear. Photo by Ellie Kurttz.

Performances of Shakespeare’s Globe: King Lear began last Friday at Folger Theatre, so we thought this would be an opportune time to share a unit plan based on Shakespeare’s famous play about a father and his three daughters.

The unit plan, featured on our Shakespeare in American Life website, comes from English teacher Keith Muller.

Over the course of several weeks, students will examine the relationship between tragedy and patriarchs in King Lear and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

What else is involved:

  • A discussion of the genre of tragedy and the qualities of a tragic hero
  • Comparing and contrasting the protagonists, Lear and Anse
  • Adapting As I Lay Dying as a play
  • and more…

Visit Shakespeare in American Life to see the complete unit plan.

Find more Lear-related teaching resources on our website.

 

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