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Madness in Shakespeare

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/07/2013
La folie est un thème récurrent dans l'oeuvre de Shakespeare. Ce dossier propose une sélection de textes et de peintures en relation avec ses tragédies les plus célèbres (((Hamlet)), ((Macbeth)) et le ((Roi Lear))), accompagnée d'exercices de compréhension et/ou d'analyse d'image (ce dossier fait partie du programme de Littérature étrangère en langue étrangère - LELE).
Madness is a recurrent theme in Shakespeare's works. Through this selection of texts and paintings, you will discover the range of aesthetic an dramatic functions assumed by insanity in three of the bard's most famous tragedies. Those who are not familiar with the plots of Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear will easily find film adaptations, simplified texts and summaries. They can also read the famous "tales" by Charles Lamb on our pages:

Macbeth - Conveying madness through language

- Determination and denial of nature

- The sleepwalking scene

- Lady Macbeth, by Henry Fuseli, 1781-1784

Texts, painting and keys...


Ophelia's lyrical madness in Hamlet

- The King and the Queen witness Ophelia's madness

- Gertrude reporting Ophelia's death to Laertes

- John Everett Millais's Ophelia, 1852

Texts, painting and keys...


Feigned and real madness in King Lear

- Insanity as a disguise

- Satire under the cover of madness

- William Dyce's King Lear and The Fool in the Storm, 1851

Texts, painting and keys...


Final Task

On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, groups of students will be asked to find other texts and works of visual arts illustrating madness in Shakespeare (with the help of their teacher). They will put up an exhibition associating texts and artworks with commentaries about how artists use, express or change insanity's function in paintings, drawings or photographs derived from Shakespearean scenes.


450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth


Pour citer cette ressource :

"Madness in Shakespeare", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2013. Consulté le 25/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/se-former/workbook/madness-in-shakespeare-lele/madness-in-shakespeare-lele