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Comparison Essay Of Shakespeare's Tragedy Of King Lear To Kurosawa's Ran

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The film RAN and the play The Tragedy of King Lear can be related to each other in many ways. Kurosawa was able to produce a film that was a valid, effective and relevant portrayal of Shakespeare's play. The first way is in how they relate to each other on a plot based theme. The second way is how they can both be analyzed to themes such as; family, betrayal, loyalty, and selfishness. The third way that they relate to each other is how RAN uses Japanese drama to portray a Shakespearean tragedy. Kurosawa, the director of RAN made a very effective and valid film on interpreting the key points of The Tragedy of King Lear. The two works give lessons to the audience, and these lessons are learned ...view middle of the document...

In RAN the character Tango stays loyal to Hidetoro throughout the entire film. This shows true devotion to Hidetoro on Tango's part. In The Tragedy of King Lear, Kent stays loyal to King Lear. Kent and Tango both stay loyal to their King or Master. Kent and Tango can be seen as symbols of family for Lear and Hidetora because they stay with their leader, and even when they know he is wrong, they still back him up. These are qualities that a family shows each other, however in both RAN and The Tragedy of King Lear the protagonist's family deserts them, and the protagonist deserts his family. The theme of betrayal is used in both works and betrayal is a big theme for this particular story because without betrayal the lesson can not be learned for the audience. Characters that betray in King Lear include; Regan, Goneril, and Edmund. The common trait these betrayers share is the fact that they betrayed their family. The theme selfishness and stubbornness can be seen in the film RAN and the characters of Hidetoro, Taro, and Jiro. Hidetoro is seen in the stubborn characteristic because he will not go to Saburo for help after he banished him. Hidetoro will not ask for his forgiveness because he is afraid that he will be thrown away from Saburo just like he had been by Taro, and Jiro. Hidetoro believes this even though Saburo is the only one who will accept him and love him like a father. Taro and Jiro can represent selfishness in RAN because after they had lied to Hidetoro for a great position of power, they cast Hidetoro away like he was not their father. Taro and Jiro felt threatened from Hidetoro's presence because they felt he would try and take back the reigns as the highest...

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