Shakespeare, Socialism and the 99%

reason not the need“O, reason not the need: our basest     beggars
Are in the poorest thing superfluous:
Allow not nature more than nature needs,
Man’s life’s as cheap as beast’s”
(King Lear act 2, sc. 4)

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In the play. The two evil sisters Regan and Goneril want to deny their father Lear his request to keep some servants. Lear has retired and bequeathed to them all his assets and properties. Lear counters their argument.

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