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foolear The Very Foolish King in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- The Very Foolish King Lear Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, whose decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King, he is a man of great power, but blindly he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. This untimely surrender of his throne sets off a chain reaction of events that sends him through a hellish journey....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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King Lear’s Sins Pale in Comparison to those Committed Against Him

- King Lear’s Sins Pale in Comparison to those Committed Against Him King Lear commits several acts that are nearly unforgivable. Not only does he exile a trusted, loyal servant, he also banishes his own daughter. Cordelia, unable and unwilling to submit herself to the ridiculous game of her father, is sent off to France with his curses. His subsequent action - the division of the land between his two ungrateful daughters - is the final act, the final sin, and one that plunges the land into turmoil....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Shakespeare's King Lear’s Descent into Madness: A Psychoanalytical Approach

- Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies involve fallen heroes who inevitably have to go through journeys to resolve their issues or complete an ill begotten fate. Shakespeare’s play King Lear is no different. The play highlights the life of a king, his journey into madness, and the events that take place around him that leads up to his death. Several approaches have been taken to analyze and deconstruct the carefully embedded details unfolding King Lear’s demise. Similarly, the focus of this research paper is to take a psychoanalytical approach to analyze King Lear’s decline into madness driven by his daughter’s rejection to be his caretakers....   [tags: Essays on King Lear 2014]

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Free Essay: Needs vs. Desires in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Needs vs. Desires in King Lear In Act 2, Scene 4 of King Lear, written by William Shakespeare, Lear argues that for a person to be content with only what one needs, is the same as reducing a human to the level of a beast or animal. I am in opposition to Lear's idea via the issue of needs versus desires. Through knowledge based on experience, observation, and reading I can elaborate on my reasons for choosing to challenge his opinion. From my own experience I know that a need is a lacking or requirement for a substance, to live; an adequate amount....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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An Anti-Feminist and Feminist Look into William Shakespeare’s King Lear

- Throughout the past centuries, the world has looked at women with certain stereotypical ideas in mind. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, women were supposed to be submissive, quiet, and many other things that took away from their natural rights as human beings. Men were the correct ones in all situations and any woman who stood in a man’s way was punished. It was not until the twentieth century that women started to find their voices and started to stand up for what they believed was right....   [tags: King Lear Essays 2014]

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edmundlear Edmund's Soliliquy in Act 5 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's King Lear

- Analysis of Edmund's Soliliquy in Act 5 Scene 1 in King Lear The portion of `The Tragedy of King Lear' I chose begins on line 55 of act five scene one and continues to line 64. I chose this selection because it includes much information about plot and character. Prior to my selection Regan questions Edmund closely about his relationship with her sister, Goneril, because Regan suspects they have been intimate. Edmund denies these accusations at the beginning of act five scene one, but states his true intentions in his soliloquy starting on line 55....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare's King Lear Two English literary works, one a comedy and the other a tragedy, by two different authors of separate centuries, both have their fair share of characters who illustrate the admirable and the not-so-admirable of dispositions. Jane Austen's socially satirical novel Pride and Prejudice from 1813 and William Shakespeare's poetic poem King Lear from 1606 match each other very closely in the context of how good character reveals itself....   [tags: Austen Shakespeare Prejudice Lear Essays]

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Essay on Edgar's role in King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4

- Edgar's role in King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4 In Act 3, Scene 4, Edgar takes on the roles of a madman, and a spirit. In counterfeiting madness, he not only hides from an unjust death, but also serves as a character that resembles King Lear: (1) Both are deceived by family; (2) Both are outcasts of Gloucester's castle; (3) Both are threatened with death; and (4) Both enter into a form of madness. But, whereas King Lear actually becomes mad, Edgar only feigns madness. As Edgar takes the role of a "spirit" (3.4.39), he reveals: (1) Edmund's moral condition, by prescribing moral laws that he will break (3.4.80-83); and (2) that Gloucester will be blinded by Edmund (3.4.117)....   [tags: King Lear essays William Shakespeare]

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Transformation of Lear in Shakespeare's King Lear

- King Lear is a Shakespearian tragedy revolving largely around one central theme, personal transformation. Shakespeare shows in King Lear that the main characters of the play experience a transformative phase, where they are greatly changed through their suffering. Through the course of the play Lear is the most transformed of all the characters. He goes through seven major stages of transformation on his way to becoming an omniscient character: resentment, regret, recognition, acceptance and admittance, guilt, redemption, and optimism....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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An Analysis of On Sitting Down To Read King Lear Once Again

- An Analysis of On Sitting Down To Read King Lear Once Again The poem "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again" by John Keats is a sonnet about Keats' relationship with the drama that became his idea of tragic perfection, and how it relates to his own struggle with the issues of short life and premature death. Keats uses the occasion of the rereading this play to explore his seduction by it and its influence on himself and his ways of looking at himself and his situation in spite of his negative capability....   [tags: On Sitting Down To Read King Lear Once Again]

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Comparing Violence in Kane's Blasted, Bond's Lear and Pinter's The Homecoming

- Displays of Violence in Kane's Blasted, Bond's Lear and Pinter's The Homecoming In Sarah Kane's Blasted, a woman and a man are raped on stage, eyeballs and dead babies are consumed and a man shoots himself through the head. In Edward Bond's Lear, several men and women are shot, a man is severly beaten and another is blinded, and the body of a woman is disected on stage. Both Kane and Bond claim that the use of violence on stage is vital for the message they want to get across. Harold Pinter, however, seems to deliver the same message by referring to violence without actually displaying it on stage....   [tags: Kane Blasted Essays Violent Papers Lear]

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King Lear : A Flawed Hero

- King Lear is one of the most complex Shakespeare’s tragedies, borrowing its tragic elements from several types of tragedies popular during the Elizabethan Renaissance. The play highlights a flawed character and the impact of fate and free choice, and the protagonist’s realisation of the consequences of his mistakes. Finally, tragedy ruins the hero, results in his downfall and leads to catharsis. Lear, because of his flaws, loses his authority as a king, his identity as a father, and his sanity. Unlike other tragedies, there is no salvation for the tragic hero or any sign of optimism in the conclusion, but the audience recognises the restoration of moral order....   [tags: Tragic hero, Tragedy, Poetics, William Shakespeare]

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King Lear and the Genre of Tragedy

- ... He wants to be treated as a king, with all the privileges of being a king but without any of the responsibility or pressures of ruling a kingdom. This is evident in the ‘love test’ he stages with his daughters in the beginning of the play. “Tell me, my daughters - Since now we will divest us, both of us rule, Interest of territory, cares of state - Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” page 1256, lines 48-50 Lear asks his daughters to tell him just how much they love him, so that one might receive a larger amount of land to rule over....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]

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King Lear as a Tragic Herp

- The play of King Lear is a tragedy like many of Shakespeare’s plays, and many of them deal with the tragic hero that end up meeting their demise thanks to their tragic flaw. The tragic hero of this play is King Lear, and he is a man that is a ruler of the kingdom of Britain in the 8th century B.C. He is a very old man surrounded by grave responsibilities, which are taking care of the land and taking care of the citizens of the kingdom. Lear the tragic hero must feel suffering and contrast those good times to the suffering, except his suffering leads to chaos and ultimately his death....   [tags: Shakespeare, Play Analysis]

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King Lear as a Tragic Hero

- The play of King Lear is a tragedy like many of Shakespeare’s plays, and many of them deal with the tragic hero that end up meeting their demise thanks to their tragic flaw. The tragic hero of this play is King Lear, and he is a man that is a ruler of the kingdom of Britain in the 8th century B.C. He is a very old man surrounded by grave responsibilities, which are taking care of the land and taking care of the citizens of the kingdom. Lear the tragic hero must feel suffering and contrast those good times to the suffering, except his suffering leads to chaos and ultimately his death....   [tags: Shakespeare, Tragedy, Analysis]

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Self Discovey in King Lear

- Throughout recorded history, humans have deemed themselves superior to all other living creatures. The Bible, arguably the most influential work of literature extant, demonstrates human superiority in the excerpt, "Let us make man in our image...let them rule over the flesh of the sea and the birds of the air, over all the earth." This notion of superiority was especially evident during the Renaissance, a period categorized by the rebirth of thinking and knowledge. The Renaissance, which lasted from about 1300 to 1600, brought advances in science that clashed with traditional viewpoints on life and the universe....   [tags: History, Renaissance, Galileo, Catholic Church]

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King Lear, by William Shakespeare

- King Lear is often regarded as one of Shakespeare’s finest pieces of literature. One reason this is true is because Shakespeare singlehandedly shows the reader what the human condition looks like as the play unfolds. Shakespeare lets the reader watch this develop in Lear’s own decisions and search for the purpose of life while unable to escape his solitude and ultimately his own death. Examining the philosophies Shakespeare embeds into the language and actions of King Lear allows the reader a better understanding of the play and why the play is important to life today....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Philosophies, Epistomologies]

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The King Lear by William Shakespeare

- The play “King Lear” written by William Shakespeare can be told in many different types of literature theories such as the Feminist theory which consist of describing the differences between men and women, or the Marxist approach which includes the art, literature and ideologies. I chose to do the Psychoanalytic or Freudian theory as it is often called which is another form of literature theory. The Psychoanalytic theory is very similar to the Formalist approach. This theory encompasses essentially on two almost contradictory critical theories....   [tags: feminist theory, conflicts]

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The Tragedies of Hamlet and King Lear

- Both 'King Lear' and 'Hamlet' can be described as a tragedy because Shakespeare used Aristotle’s definition of tragedy to construct these plays. In a tragedy the main character suffers as a result of their fatal flaw. King Lear fits Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero. Aristotle stated a tragedy must be a play where the hero suffers as a result of their fatal flaw, has overbearing pride or presumption, has a dramatic episode of emotions, realises there mistakes but it is too late. King Lear proposes to retire from the cares of his kingdom which is of significant importance....   [tags: Tragedy, Shakespeare]

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Character Analysis of King Lear

- King Lear, the protagonist of the play, is a truly tragic figure. He is driven by greed and arrogance and is known for his stubbornness and imperious temper, he often acts upon emotions and whims. He values appearances above reality. He wants to be treated as a king and to enjoy the title, but he doesn’t want to fulfill a king’s obligations of governing for the good of his subjects. Similarly, his test of his daughters demonstrates that he values a flattering public display of love over real love....   [tags: shakespeare, literary analysis]

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Overview of Shakespeare's King Lear

- Shakespeare's play, King Lear, tells a tale of misshapen oath through a series of betrayals and treason. When one is too deeply in love with his or her own world, he or she tends not to hear, purposefully, of the advice given by any other, if the given information is not to his liking. Such ignorant engrossment in one's illusions brought out a theme that a man's benighted misconceptions can lead to the ruination of his or her once unblemished world. In the play, Lear lived a cavernous life as the King, sheltered by his own powers, wealth, and status....   [tags: Play Analysis, Reality]

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Social Values in King Lear

- In King Lear, Shakespeare portrays a society whose emphasis on social class results in a strict social hierarchy fueled by the unceasing desire to improve one’s social status. It is this desire for improved social status that led to the unintentional deterioration of the social hierarchy in King Lear. This desire becomes so great that Edmund, Goneril, Reagan and Cornwall were willing to act contrary to the authority of the social hierarchy for the betterment of their own position within it. As the plot unfolds, the actions of the aforementioned characters get progressively more desperate and destructive as they realize their lack of success in attaining their personal goals....   [tags: William Shakespeare, social values, social hierarc]

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King Lear, By William Shakespeare

- Whereas King Lear, doesn’t give any land to Cordelia, the daughter he loved the most, because she didn’t express her love from him as much as his other daughters did. King Lear and Gloucester are blind when it comes to their children. King Lear was blind when it came to who truly loves him, and therefore his other daughters treats him poorly. Gloucester is blind to not see the deviousness in Edmund and the different schemes he comes up with behind his back. Because they cannot receive the love and respect they deserve from their children their hearts are ‘cracking’, not only from old age but because of their displeasure at the treatment from their children....   [tags: Odyssey, Cyclops, Blindness, Poseidon]

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Character Analysis: King Lear

- The character King Lear represents an allegorical shift from the illiterate, Medieval Age to the literate, Renaissance Age. To illustrate this argument, King Lear needs to be read as a Renaissance play that occurred in a previous “imagined pagan time.” (Lawrence, Gods, 156) As a pagan king, Lear is seen in the realm of the Roman gods and their shame culture. The role of gods in Lear’s decision making are interwoven throughout the play as Lear tries to reconcile his humanity in relation to himself and the other characters, especially Cordelia....   [tags: Character Analysis ]

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King Lear by William Shakespeare

- In King Lear the society and the control of his land made me go to the approach of Marxist. This means and involves the over scan of society and control of it. King Lear is starting to doubt his kingdom and his land because he feels like he is too old to be in charge and cannot really deal with the requirement anymore. He takes some time to think on what he should do and decides to give his land away to one of his beautiful daughters. Lear is very optimistic on which one of his daughters should take the kingdom....   [tags: marxism, edmund, reagan]

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King Lear by William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare, acclaimed to be one of the greatest literary figures in history, is known all over the world for his forty plays and one-hundred fifty-four sonnets encompassing romance. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon in the late 1500s where he attended basic grammar school and began his career as a playwright and author (Gaines 18). Shakespeare’s culmination of love at the center of his work gives it the flare necessary to maintain its relevance to modern day literature....   [tags: history, literary figures]

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King Lear by William Shakespeare

- Parallels The theme of a person's perceptions versus how the world actually is, is a common theme in literature across the ages. Shakespeare was particularly fond of playing with his audience and making them question if all his characters see is an illusion. In Shakespearean plays two types of illusion are manifest: the active deception of one character by others; and the inherent flaws in the perception of the viewer. The audience in King Lear bears witness to how characters can fail to perceive the world as it exists and instead only see an illusion; this idea is demonstrated in three different ways....   [tags: gloucester, edmund]

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King Lear and Death of a Salesman

- ... Arudanthi Roy, however, uses her contemporary Indian novel to illustrate, using a proleptic and coalesce structure, the lives of the protagonists living in a post – colonial society. In each of these three texts there are characters who fit the stereotypes that society has instilled in them, but then there are those characters who noticeably differ from the norm; According to 19th century novelist Alfred de Musset “how glorious it is – and how painful – to be an exception.” Hence this statement can be seen as applicable to these characters, because in all three texts these characters do end up losing a lot....   [tags: Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, play analysis]

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King Lear and Death of a Salesman

- Social pressures change as time passes, therefore it is interesting to see how these three texts whom differ by almost four hundred years perceive society and the effect this has on the protagonists; Shakespeare’s King Lear which was first performed in 1606 during the Jacobean era, presents a patriarchal society. Whilst, Arthur Miller uses the characters in ‘Death of a salesman’ to show the failure of the ‘American dream’ during the “golden era” of America in the late 40’s. The ‘American Dream’ was a set of ideals which suggested that anyone in the US could be successful through hard work, and had the potential to live a happy life....   [tags: comparison of Shakespeare and Arthur Miller]

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Blindness in King Lear

- Blindness is defined as, according to dictionaries, “unable to see and lacking the sense of sight”, but in King Lear, written by William Shakespeare, it has a relatively new definition. Blindness, as Shakespeare portrays, not only a physical inability to see, but also a mental flaw that some characters present in this tragic play. King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester are the two characters who make up the parallel “double plot” of the tragedy caused of their lack of sight, mental blindness. They both undergo a very similar plot and suffer from their false decisions, the ones they feel very remorseful of later on....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Although referred to as a distinct philosophy, it seems nearly impossible to find an exact definition for the term “existentialism.” This is primarily true because existentialist thinkers, such as Friedrich Nietzchse, Søren Kierkegaard, and Fjodor Dostoyevsky, never agree on what the definition of existentialism is or its terms. However, according to a definition provided by St. Aslem College, existentialist thought can be defined as being “thrown into existence first without a predetermined nature and only later do we construct our nature or essence through our actions (Banach).” This means several things....   [tags: existencialism, character analysis]

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King Lear by William Shakespeare

- Two sisters, both alike in inhuman cruelty, in fair Albion where William Shakespeare lays the scene, from an old kingdom break to new mutiny, where unrighteous deeds make unrighteous hands unclean. From forth the fatal hearts of these two foes, these sisters do take each others lives. Or do they. In modern day screenplay writing, writers are introduced to the idea that one page of script is equal to one minute on screen. This same application is also used in playwriting. When Regan is carried offstage, she can be perceived by readers as both alive and dead at same time....   [tags: edmund, inhume cruelty]

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King Lear: Lear The Tragic Hero

- King Lear: Lear The Tragic Hero The definition of tragedy in the Oxford dictionary is, "drama of elevated theme and diction and with unhappy ending; sad event, serious accident, calamity." However, the application of this terminology in Shakespearean Tragedy is more expressive. Tragedy does not only mean death or calamity, but in fact, it refers to a series of steps which leads to the downfall of the tragic hero and eventually to his tragic death. Lear, the main character in King Lear was affirmed as the tragic hero because the play meets all the requirements of a tragedy....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Loyalty in "King Lear"

- Loyalty is being faithful to commitments and obligations. On the other hand there are many ways to display loyalty. One can be loyal to a person, political party, country, religion, or cause. The list is seemingly endless. William Shakespeare’s play King Lear exhibits many forms of loyalty, but one that shines particularly is loyalty to ones selfish needs. However there is a limit to loyalty which most over look. The characters Cordelia, the emotional King Lear, and the vile Edmund all manifest their loyalty to their own self, and all meet their demise....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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William Shakespeare's King Lear

- ... Cordelia demonstrates through her genuine expression of love for her father that she in fact loves him the most and is not just taking advantage of the situation like her sisters. Cordelia emerges from this twist moral depravity exploitation of familial values as one who is sincere and honest to her beliefs. In revoking the dowry of his daughter, King Lear leaves Cordelia with few options and less desirable to a suitor. However, Shakespeare rewards Cordelia's noble and genuine character with another suitor, the King of France....   [tags: great plays, human goodness]

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Power's Destruction: King Lear

- King Lear by Shakespeare portrayed the negative effects of power resulting in destruction caused by the children of a figure with authority. Through lies and continual hatred, characters maintained a greed for power causing destruction within their families. The daughter’s of Lear and the son Gloucester lied to inherit power for themselves. Edmund the son of Gloucester planned to eliminate his brother Edgar from his inheritance. Edmund lusted for all of his father’s power, lying to his gullible brother and father aided him in his plan for total authority along with destroying their lives....   [tags: Shakespeare's plays, story & charcter analysis]

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Hamlet and King Lear - Edgar and Lear

- Hamlet and King Lear:  Madness - Ophelia in Hamlet and Edgar in King Lear        In both Hamlet and King Lear, Shakespeare incorporates a theme of madness with two characters: one truly mad, and one only acting mad to serve a motive. The madness of Hamlet is frequently disputed. This paper argues that the contrapuntal character in each play, namely Ophelia in Hamlet and Edgar in King Lear, acts as a balancing argument to the other character's madness or sanity. King Lear's more decisive distinction between Lear's frailty of mind and Edgar's contrived madness works to better define the relationship between Ophelia's breakdown and Hamlet's "north-north-west" brand of insanity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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King Lear

- “...the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.” (Lyman Bryson) In the play King Lear by William Shakespeare, such an idea is explored. Lear is a King who is physically aged but as the play progresses, it becomes clear that he lacks the intelligence which usually accompanies it. The play is set in a time where the King was equal to God himself, he was set apart from the common man as somewhat of a transcended being. Shakespeare breaks this unspoken relationship through the events of his play....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Lear's Descent Into Madness and Subsequent Redemption

- Despite Lear’s descent into madness, he displays many signs of his own redemption in Act 1. Most of the evidence is contained in what Lear says and does, but there are subtle moments of revelation by other characters towards Lear’s mental state. Lear’s complex mind begins to unravel due to his age and the treatment he experiences from his daughters, but his character and the undeserved goodness he receives from other characters are what point him towards his own redemption. The underlying irony of the act is that the fool appears to be the most perceptive character, while the supposedly wise characters are acting like fools....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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King Lear

- Mankind has made mistakes from the beginning, yet man has carried on. Our nature shaped from the beginning since the original sin mistakes became common place, misunderstandings, ignorance in general became parts of human nature. Shakespeare uses techniques—such as the tragic her, subplot, irony— to construct a world where human nature is flawed. A world created to stage the many aspects of human nature that have evolved and corroded over time, becoming more complex over time. Kings tumbling from power, fools breathing wisdom, bastards acquiring power....   [tags: literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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King Lear

- “Nothing, my lord” (1.1.87). At the core of Shakespeare’s King Lear lies a void and silence that sparks the end of a kingdom as well as the beginning of a thunderous storm and a poetic and cathartic outburst. Although Cordelia’s “Nothing” has been used as an evidence to suggest that the play is a study of nihilism, the concept of “nothing” with its different meanings throughout the play was never treated as a subject by itself. In fact, a nihilistic reading only will underestimate the most important factor that drives the characters to their end: blindness to the concept of “nothing,” blindness to the truth....   [tags: Shakespeare]

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Character Similarity in Shakespeare's King Lear

- There are billions of people in the entire world, however, chances such as certain individual shares the same personality, height, or hobbies of other people who live in the opposite extreme of the globe is ultimately bizarre. In a similar idea, a William Shakespeare’s play, entitled King Lear demonstrates the similarities of people, particularly through the work of relativeness that runs in blood. The play revolves around King Lear and his three daughters, along with a parallel sub-plot of Gloucester and his two sons....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Betrayal]

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King Lear

- William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, centres on an elderly king (Lear) who intends to divide his kingdom between his three daughters namely Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Since King Lear had no male child to inherit the throne, he decided to share his assets in order to avoid an occurrence of any conflict between the daughters after his demise. Conversely, the early retirement and partition of the kingdom deal caused uproar in the family, breaking apart the kingdom. As a result, family assumption, intimidation and trust caused the betrayals....   [tags: William Shakespeare, tragedy, betrayal]

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Shakespeare's King Lear

- ... Also, numerous people pointed out that Cordelia and Lear dying really was not that much as a tragedy because at least they ended up together. I found this point interesting and it makes sense to me to see it as more happy than sad. I found the minor character discussion (#3) interesting since Nerman had a great point in showing the Kent was so loyal that he wished to die after Lear does “My master calls me, I must not say no” (5.3.324). I found the Fool to be an important friend to readers as he pointed out the truth in many situations such as telling Lear “thou must needs wear my coxcomb” (1.4.106) after Lear banished Cordelia and Kent....   [tags: discussion write up, story analysis]

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Stylistic Devices Used in King Lear

- Shakespeare’s stylistic devices convey not only a feeling of dejected despondency and suffocating anguish, but also tempestuous petulance and melancholic despair to illustrate the consequences of a lack of self-awareness and the painful process of enlightenment which follows. In addition, the breaking of the filial bond provides this necessary hardship for Lear which elicits both a feeling of pity for his state of affairs and retribution for the vanity which previously consumed him. However, these feelings eventually morph into a sense of resolution as Lear gains understanding of his past mistakes and displays an unwavering resolve as a result....   [tags: William Shakespeare, imagery, tragedy]

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Analysis of William Shakespeare's King Lear

- In King Lear, William Shakespeare predominantly uses the two broad settings. These are the outdoor world and the indoor world. Inside the confines of walls it is Lear who holds power to do as he pleases, but outside the borders of brick and mortar, the very same man is at the mercy of Nature. Human hearts respond with hardness and devaluing ones self when given no love. Lear is one such character who due to family circumstances relies on his daughters to provide him with love but when he finds that this love for him is no longer what it used to be, he reacts by damaging not only the lives of people around him, but also himself....   [tags: Constructed World, Aspects of Human Nature]

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Human Suffering in Inferno and King Lear

- Both Shakespeare’s King Lear and Dante’s Inferno explore the reasons for, and results of, human suffering. Each work postulates that human suffering comes as a result of choices that are made: A statement that is not only applicable to the characters in each of the works, but also to the readers. The Inferno and King Lear speak universal truths about the human condition: that suffering is inevitable and unavoidable. While both King Lear and the Inferno concentrate on admonitions and lamentations of human suffering, one of the key differences between the works is that Inferno conveys an aspect of hope that is not nearly as prevalent in King Lear....   [tags: Shakespeare, Dante, Literary Analysis]

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Shakespeare's King Lear

- Shakespeare's King Lear is known as one of his greatest tragedies. The story is full of misfortune, deception and death. The story also contains two plots, a main plot with King Lear, and a subplot with a character referred to as Gloucester. The main plot and subplot in King Lear may have minor differences but the two main characters of each plot share the same fundamental theme of blindness. The theme of a story is the main subject or idea the author is trying to get across. In King Lear there are quite a few themes....   [tags: Play Analysis, Tragedy, Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare 's King Lear

- Shakespeare and his works questioned and presented the Elizabethan society, the stage used as a tool to represent larger ideas. Gender in the play is largely linked with morality, sin, redemption, fall and passionate pleasure. In King Lear there is an abuse of power, especially in regards to woman. The devouring feminine, and a fall from grace by the patriarchy ensued through incestuous behaviour, adultery and unnatural relationships leads to a fluidity in gender and generational roles. The violation of the natural order awakens divine retribution, leading to the collapse of the kingdom and chastisement eventually resulting in the rebirth of the patriarchy....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Grammatical gender, Male]

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King Lear: Egg-as-crown Metonymy

- In metonymy… the literal term for one thing is applied to another with which it has become closely associated because of a recurrent relationship in common experience. Thus “the crown” or the scepter can be used to stand in for a king. (Abrams’ Glossary of Literary Terms, 98) In the play King Lear by William Shakespeare, the Fool compares King Lear’s Crown to an egg. Shakespeare’s use of metonymy to replace the crown with an egg implies that Lear’s kingship is fragile and brittle, on the verge of breaking at any moment....   [tags: Shakespeare Literature]

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Reckless Love in King Lear and 1984

- Do the relationships in ones life define the individual himself or even the fate of that individual or are the relationships a reflection of the individuals characteristics, personality and choices. In the literary masterpieces, King Lear and 1984, the character relationships are the essence of the stories themselves. In each of these pieces, both Winston, the protagonist of 1984, and the major characters in King Lear are put through a series of situations, including isolation and betrayal, in which the relationships with other characters are important to their fate....   [tags: compare, contrast]

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Absent Mother Trope in King Lear

- In this essay, I intend to scrutinize a brief etymology of the word issue, using the Oxford English Dictionary. My goal is to provide alternative interpretations to the following line from King Lear, spoken by Kent: “I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it/ being so proper” (1.1.16). The fault, or offense, Kent mentions is the illegitimate birth of Edmund. I then argue that alternative interpretations, derived from various resonances of the word issue, prove Shakespeare’s deliberate word choice to set up the play as a tragedy of masculinity, wherein the absence of a maternal figure causes a lack of counterbalance to male authority....   [tags: Shakespeare plays, story & character analysis]

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King Leir vs. King Lear

- Upon walking into the Special Collections section of the library, I saw a few small, relatively old looking books. I wondered which of these clearly old, but relatively unimpressive books was the one I was looking for. Upon inquiring about The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, I was pleased to see that it was so large and grand looking. I was not sure whether to begin with the first or second volume of the massive book in order to more easily find the passage about King Lear, but I figured the beginning was probably a very good place to start....   [tags: book, story, play]

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Lear and Family

- The Importance of Family Family is what defines one's character and identity. Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear, presents a ruling family and how its members' relationships affect one another. The crumbling relationship between King Lear and his daughters exemplifies his struggle to maintain his role in his family and his identity within the state. Lear explains that human nature is marked by a desire for more than just the necessities one already has. Lear needs more than the necessities of life not only to survive but to keep his identity....   [tags: European Literature]

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William Shakespeare 's King Lear

- Shakespeare’s perceptive point of view about social order and gender role are significantly introduced within King Lear through many characters, as they are indicative to the discrepancy of standardized gender role prevalent in his period of time. In King Lear, the readers can progressively perceive the alterations within the daughters, as they yearn to surpass their limitations that are imposed based on their gender to achieve equality and power. Shakespeare intelligently implements the feebleness of both males and females within his play as a way to indicate humanity’s fragility and frailness....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Masculinity, Man]

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Analyzing the Poitical Philosophy on King Lear

- The political philosophy presented in King Lear, in my opinion, is a more on the deception of successors. I believe that Shakespeare is attempting to suggest that just because you have the blood of royals, should you really be given the title that comes with it. Shakespeare seems to be suggesting to the royals that the successor should not be who is lucky enough to receive the crown, but possibly someone who will know and understand how to rule properly. It seems Shakespeare might have been in more favor of a democratic government than the royal courts....   [tags: Bible, William Shakespeare, royalty]

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Shakespeare’s Ridiculous King Lear

- It’s surprising that Shakespeare’s King Lear is not treated as a comedy. His portrayal of a power hungry nobility only serves to mock the monarchical system. Both of Lear’s elder daughters deceive their own father in order to procure his wealth of land, and Edmund the bastard cannot stop killing and lying in order to climb up the royal succession. This backstabbing nature of the monarchy is exactly what makes it so ridiculous. Most importantly, Shakespeare depicts the tragic life of King Lear, an abdicated ruler....   [tags: mocking nobility]

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King Lear - Disruption Of Order In King Lear And The Causes

- Shakespeare's King Lear is a play which shows the consequences of one man's decisions. The audience follows the main character, Lear, as he makes decisions that disrupt order in his Kingdom. When Lear surrenders all his power and land to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him, the breakdown on order in evident. Lear's first mistake is to divide his Kingdom into three parts. A Kingdom is run best under one ruler as only one decision is made without contradiction. Another indication that order is disrupted is the separation of Lear's family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Shakespeare’s King Lear Philosophy

- Philosophy is defined as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. In Shakespeare’s King Lear one is able to relate and understand a lot of the problems the main characters in the play are facing. The characters face issues relating trust, family, greed, depression, and insanity. The issues and plot in the play are contemporary issues that any human can relate to because it is the way of life. In the beginning of the play the reader learns that Lear is ready to give up his kingdom and retire from a conversation that two noblemen, Gloucester and Kent, are having....   [tags: trust, family, greed, depression, insanity]

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The Wisdom of King Lear's Fool in Shakespeare's King Lear

- The Wisdom of King Lear's Fool in Shakespeare's King Lear King Lear's fool is undoubtedly one of the wisest characters in the play. He is not only able to accurately analyze a situation which many other characters are blind to, but he is also able to foreshadow the actions of many characters and many other incidents to come. The main instruction the fool gives to the king is to beware of doing things that are unnatural, such as giving his inheritance, (splitting his kingdom among his daughters) to his daughters before he his dead....   [tags: Papers]

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Free King Lear Essays: King Lear

- King Lear In King Lear, the unnatural elements seem to always dominate the natural elements throughout the play.  There exists a reversal of order in the play where the evil prosper in the downfall of the good, and where man's life is meaningless and arbitrary.  King Lear, the tragic hero, dies in the end despite the torment and agony he had to endure to regenerate and repent.  But it is the worthless destruction of countless other lives because of Lear's own personal tragedy that supports the view of the brutality and the meaningless of man's life in the play....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Comparing Lear and Gloucester in Shakespeare's King Lear

-      In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, there are several characters who do not see the reality of their situation. Two such characters are Lear and Gloucester. Both characters exhibit a blindness to the world around them. Lear does not see clearly the truth of his daughters mentions, while Gloucester is also blinded by Edmond's treachery. This failure to see reality leads to Lear's intellectual blindness, which is his insanity, and Gloucester's physical blindness that leads to his trusting tendencies....   [tags: Importance of Clear Vision]

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The Development of the Character of King Lear

- “King Lear” is one of the most complicated of all Shakespeare's plays. It is about political authority as much as it is about family dynamics. It is a ruthless play, filled with human cruelty and awful, nonsensical disasters. Lear, an autocratic leader, is the king of Britain and has three daughters, Regan, Cordelia and Goneril. Regan and Goneril are cold, heartless and selfish, whereas Cordelia, the youngest is quite the contrary, honest, realistic and straightforward. <P> Lear is introduced with trumpets and crown....   [tags: European Literature]

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Importance of Self Knowledge and Forgiveness in King Lear

- The importance of self-knowledge and forgiveness is strikingly obvious in the play King Lear. If we accept that the two characters most lacking in self-knowledge are Lear and Gloucester, we can examine how the importance of this quality for them is shown in the play. Whilst these two characters lack self-knowledge, the world around them quickly deteriorates. As a result of their lack of insight, evil is given space to breed and take over, and Lear and Gloucester are forced to suffer as “love cools, friendship falls off and cities divide.” Due to Lear’s palpable mistake in measuring the love of his daughters, he banishes the only child who truly loves him and seals his fate for the remainder...   [tags: literary analysis, english literature]

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The Importance of Sight and Blindness in Shakespeare's King Lear

- In Shakespearean terms, blindness can mean a whole host of things. Samuel Butler, an English novelist, said, “A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog, but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide." Blindness is a major theme that recurs throughout Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. Samuel Butler’s quote can be used to describe King Lear, who suffers, not from a lack of physical sight, but from a lack of insight and understanding....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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The Role of the Fool in King Lear

- Alison Dew Explore the role of the fool in King Lear. In Elizabethan times, the role of a fool, or court jester, was to professionally entertain others, specifically the king. In essence, fools were hired to make mistakes. Fools may have been mentally retarded youths kept for the court’s amusement, or more often they were singing, dancing stand up comedians. In William Shakespeare’s King Lear the fool plays many important roles. When Cordelia, Lear’s only well-intentioned daughter, is banished from the kingdom Fool immediately assumes her role as Lear’s protector....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Analyzing the Characteristics of Kind Lear

- Analyzing the Characteristics of Kind Lear Lear is the protagonist, whose willingness to believe his older daughters’ empty flattery leads to the deaths of many people. In relying on the test of his daughters’ love, Lear demonstrates that he lacks common sense or the ability to detect his older daughters’ falseness. Lear cannot recognize Cordelia’s honesty amid the flattery, which he craves. The depth of Lear’s anger toward Kent, his devoted follower, suggests excessive pride—Lear refuses to be wrong....   [tags: Papers]

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The Theme of Blindness in King Lear

- The Theme of Blindness in King Lear In the tragedy King Lear, the term blindness has an entirely different meaning. It is not a physical flaw, but the inability of the characters to see a person for whom they truly are. They can only read what is presented to them on the surface. King Lear, Gloucester and Albany are three prime examples characters who suffered most by having this flaw. Lear was by far the blindest of the three. Because Lear was the King, one would expect him to have superb reasoning skills, but his lack of insight kept him from making wise choices....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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The Road to Self-Knowledge in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- When speaking of self-knowledge, one must realise exactly what that is. Ones self is inside of him, his soul if you like. But it is also about the place of the person in life, in the world and in relation to others. It is about what the person does or must do. Nevertheless, self-knowledge pertains more than just knowing yourself. It is also about understanding the world one lives in. The road to self-knowledge however, can be dreadfully long as displayed in the play of King Lear. King Lear completely lacks self-knowledge in the beginning of the play....   [tags: kingdom, love, humility]

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Comparing The Tempest and King Lear

- Comparing The Tempest and King Lear       This essay will focus on the similarities and differences of the plays The Tempest and King Lear in general, as well as looking at comparisons of Prospero and Lear in somewhat more detail. Prospero and Lear are, without a doubt, the two most compelling mature figures in Shakespeare. In a way, one is the flip side, so to speak, of the other. Each represents an aging man's relationship to family, environment, and, most importantly, himself. One might even be so bold as to venture that had Lear lived, he might, through the enormity of his painful transformation, have become a character much like Prospero, a man who has learned bitter lessons from his...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Background and Summary of King Lear

- Background and Summary of King Lear Background of King Lear King Lear was written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered to be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. The main plot was drawn from an old chronicle play called The True Chronicle History of King Leir and his Three Daughters, supplemented by treatments of that story in Raphael Holinshed's Chronicle of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Spenser's The Faerie Queen, and perhaps others. The subplot of Gloucester and his two sons comes from Sir Philip Sidney's popular romance The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Death's Immanence In Life in Shakespeare's King Lear

- ... In addition, he strips himself to expose the true nature of man which he realizes as insignificant. It's as if he is intentionally trying to alienate himself. As if he views all mankind to be a foreign concept due to the irrational state of life. He curses, “You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!(III. ii. 32)” to defy the elements. We can't help but see Lear act against nature as if he is the storm itself. Moreover, he tries to justify his temper by mentioning that nothing can hurt him more than his daughters....   [tags: death, hero, suffering]

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Comparison Of King Lear And Gloucester

- Shakespeare uses subplots to dramatize the action of the play and give spark on the contrast for the themes in King Lear. Sub plots usually improve the effect of dramatic irony and suspense. The latter, which is used in King Lear, gives us the understanding of the emotions of the characters in the play. This follows the parallelism between Gloucester and King Lear. In King Lear, the subplot of Gloucester corresponds to the major plot of King Lear. Both fathers have their own loyal legitimate child and their evil and disloyal child....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Nature of King Lear

- The most prevailing images in King Lear are the images (metaphoric and actual) of nature. The concept of nature seems to consume the dialogue, monologues, and setting. It might be useful to view nature as `the natural order of the world' (and, perhaps, the universe). When one goes against the natural order, chaos will follow. Shakespeare has made this point clear in "Troilus and Cressida" where Ulysses predicts that once "the specialty of rule hath been neglected disaster will follow, for take but degree away, untune that string, and hark what discord follows" (I.iii)....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Role of the Double Plot in King Lear and Hamlet

- King Lear and Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, are two plays that reveal similar thematic elements, yet possess fundamentally different plot structures. Driven by the suffering and rage of two complementary characters, both plays suggest injustice through ‘good’, but ultimately flawed characters. This shared overarching theme is, however, conveyed differently within each of the works, as one employs two mainly disparate plot threads, while the other relies more heavily on the interaction between the two central plots....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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A Comparison of King Lear and Coriolanus

- A Comparison Of Compassion and Identity in King Lear and Coriolanus   Shakespeare's Lear and Coriolanus have a great deal in common. Both are first seen as proud, stubborn rulers unwilling to compromise. This causes Lear to lose his kingdom to his scheming daughters, while Coriolanus is betrayed and exiled from Rome due to the influence of the tribunes. Cast out to face a friendless world, Lear learns to sympathize with his fellow men, who daily endure trials such as those he now faces. Coriolanus, in contrast, goes immediately to Aufidius upon being banished and prepares to return, this time to conquer his own home state....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Analysis of the Hero in "King Lear"

- King Lear, a tragedy in which Shakespeare exhibits most fully his literary complexities, is surprisingly the least popular of the famous four. In spite of this, it is indefinitely the most talked about. For many this is Shakespeare's most profound tragedy, one of the greatest plays ever written in any language at any time. It throws up questions, which remain as perplexing now as they were to Shakespeare's earlier critics. And although thoroughly studied, the original story line has remained unchanged for centuries, even though many attempts have been made to alter it....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Theme of Justice in King Lear

- The Theme of Justice in King Lear Justice is a balance of misfortune and good fortune; right and wrong according to motives and circumstances of the individuals under judgement. To be just we must consider why they did it and balance out all the evidence and facts and decide on a punishment depending on these. Types of justice that exist in society include criminal justice, legal justice, vigilante justice, natural justice and divine justice. As King Lear is a brutal play, filled with human cruelty and many awful disasters, the play's terrible events raise an obvious question for the characters, namely whether there is any possibility of justice in the world....   [tags: Papers]

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Artistic Form in King Lear

- King Lear has remained one of Shakespeare’s best works, and one of the best tragedies of all time, since the beginning of the 17th century; however, some early critics believe that certain elements of the story do not satisfy the criteria for a proper tragedy. The two plot elements under speculation are the subplot and the catastrophic ending. The primary focus of the story is set on the elderly King Lear, whose pride and greed blinds him, causing him to banish his only pure daughter, Cordelia, along with his most loyal subject, Kent....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Character of Kent In King Lear

- The Character of Kent In King Lear While reading Eva Turner Clark's analysis of King Lear, in her Hidden Allusions in Shakespeare's Plays, I was struck by the polarity of our interpretation of this supreme drama. Where Clark finds historical and political allusions, especially for the years 1589-1590, I find personal ones. For King Lear is a play of internal, personal tragedy. With this in mind I strongly disagree with her statement, "I consider Kent represents Drake." (P. 869 n.) Therefore I sought another contemporary of Oxford's who would fulfill the characteristics and qualities of the Earl of Kent....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Essays]

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