Aspettando il peggio: lettura (quasi) beckettiana del Re Lear

Rosy Colombo


The paper takes its cue from Samuel Beckett’s Worstward ho, in connection with the repetition of the term worst in Shakespeare’s play. The title of the essay, Waiting for the worst, is also an obvious contamination with Waiting for Godot, in which Godot is replaced by the name of Dover, the focus where the action of the play tends and the destiny of all characters converge. However, in contrast with the classic form of tragedy, in Dover no solution is contemplated to the multiple atrocious conflicts. For the new ruler, Edgar, the kingdom is only a “weight”, which he is prepared to bear with sad resignation.


Worst; Representation; Beckett

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