Tragedy

I cannot be the first to observe that Shakespeare’s tragedies are linked to a man’s decades. Hamlet is a play for a man in his doubting twenties, Othello for a man in his prideful thirties, Macbeth for an ambitious man in his forties, and finally Lear for an aging man in his fifties. Of course an ‘old’ man is older now, and I just feel myself coming into Lear as I enter my sixties. Oh, let me not be mad!

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