Part Four

Chaos is Come Again, the Lion eats the Wolf

As Shakespeare enters a period of despair, he asks: what happens when women do not desire a different voice in society? What happens when they want the same power and goals as men? The answer is illuminated in MacbethCoriolanus and King Lear, which Gore and Packer examine in Part Four.

Part Four then touches on Timon of Athens, in which women are represented as whores who bring disease to mankind. Yet, in this dark picture, a world dominated by fascism, Shakespeare writes his most sublime verse. At the end, Shakespeare asks: is there no way out of this killing picture?