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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] 1311 words
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Blindness and Sight - Nothing and Blindness in King Lear - Themes of Nothing and Blindness in King Lear Many of the passages of King Lear, particularly those between the characters of Lear, Kent, the Fool, and Cordelia, all share a common theme. The theme of nothing, as well as the theme of blindness, echoes throughout the play. King Lear is in many ways about nothing. However, Kent, the Fool, and Cordelia make him more than nothing by serving faithfully, speaking bluntly, and loving unconditionally. The first occurrence of the imagery of nothing takes place between Lear and Cordelia....   [tags: King Lear essays] 802 words
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Sight and Blindness in Shakespeare's King Lear - Lack of Vision - Sight and Blindness in King Lear       In King Lear, the recurring images of sight and blindness associated with the characters of Lear and Gloucester illustrate the theme of self-knowledge and consciousness that exist in the play.   These classic tropes are inverted in King Lear, producing a situation in which those with healthy eyes are ignorant of what is going on around them, and those without vision appear to "see" the clearest. While Lear's "blindness" is one which is metaphorical, the blindness of Gloucester, who carries the parallel plot of the play, is literal....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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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] 930 words
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Sight vs. Blindness in King Lear by William Shakespeare - ... Both Goneril and Regan’s speeches blind Lear because of their exaggerated showing of love for their father. Lear’s eyesight blinds him of reality. When it is Cordelia’s turn to deliver her speech to her father, Lear does not accept or understand his daughter’s expression of love. Goneril and Regan tell Lear what he wants to hear, however, Cordelia expresses her true feeling. Lear’s lack of sight forces him to lose his favorite daughter and also a loyal friend, Kent. Gloucester is also metaphorically blinded by his son Edmund....   [tags: tragedy, persuades, vulnerable]
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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Insight in King Lear - Blindness as Lack of Insight in King Lear     Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see, but according to Shakespeare, blindness is not only a physical impairment, but also a mental flaw some people possess.  Shakespeare's most dominant theme in his play King Lear is that of blindness.  King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany are three characters through which Shakespeare portrays his theme of mental blindness, that blindness which was the primary cause of their poor judgment and which led them all to make regrettable decisions....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Insight in King Lear - King Lear:  The Theme of Blindness (Lack of Insight)        In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, the issue of sight and its relevance to clear vision is a recurring theme.  Shakespeare's principal means of portraying this theme is through the characters of Lear and Gloucester. Although Lear can physically see, he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight, understanding, and direction. In contrast, Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains the type of vision that Lear lacks. It is evident from these two characters that clear vision is not derived solely from physical sight....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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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] 1548 words
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Clear Vision in Shakespeare's King Lear - Seeing Clearly in King Lear        King Lear of Britain, the protagonist in Shakespeare's tragic play of the same name undergoes radical change as a man, father and king as he is forced to bear the repercussions of his actions. Lear is initially portrayed as being an egotistical ruler, relying on protestations of love from his daughters to apportion his kingdom. Lear's tragic flaw is the division of his kingdom and his inability to see the true natures of people because of his pride while his scathing anger is also shown to override his judgment....   [tags: Blindness and Sight in King Lear]
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Blindness in William Shakespeare´s King Lear - The play, King Lear, considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s best works, is a tragedy that focuses on the theme of blindness. In the play, the word blindness, defined as the inability to physically see, is used as a metaphor for understanding and self-awareness. Blindness presents itself through the actions of King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany. Throughout the play, King Lear is shown to be the most blind of all. Lear first shows an act of blindness in Act 1, when he divides his kingdoms among his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, through a test of who loves him the most....   [tags: tragedy, metaphor, self-awareness, actions] 682 words
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Madness versus Blindness in King Lear by Shakespeare - Madness versus Blindness in King Lear by Shakespeare King Lear and Gloucester are the two older characters that endure the most in the play King Lear by William Shakespeare. Throughout the play their stories foreshadow the events that will occur in the other’s life. However, while Gloucester goes blind, Lear goes mad. In doing this Shakespeare is indicating congruence between the two conditions. Only after they lose their faculties can Lear and Gloucester recognize that their blindness to honesty had cost them dearly....   [tags: Papers] 989 words
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The Theme of Blindness in King Lear by William Shakespeare - The Theme of Blindness in King Lear by William Shakespeare Shakespeare's King Lear tells of the tragedies of two families. At the head of each family is a father who cannot see his children for what they are. Both fathers are lacking in perceptiveness, so the stories of the two families run parallel to each other. In Lear's case, two of his daughters fool him into believing their lies. Lear shuts out his third daughter because she cannot her love into words the way he wants her to. Gloucester, similarly, forbids the son that truly loves him, while putting all his trust into the son who betrays him....   [tags: Papers] 850 words
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A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear - A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear Introduction ============ Throughout ‘King Lear’, Shakespeare uses the play’s characters to make judgements on society using blindness as a metaphor that runs through the play. He does this in a number of ways portraying characters that can be fooled by others’ flattery, or are easily manipulated or deceived, or simply have a lack of wisdom. As well as the horrific physical blinding of Gloucester, blindness is used as a metaphor for characters’ lack of insight, moral blindness, and a lack of perception into other’s needs and interests....   [tags: Papers] 1551 words
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Blindness in King Leer - A person’s perception is influenced by his or her character. Because of this subjectivity, there is often a disconnect between how things are perceived and reality. People often see what they want to see or hear what they want to hear. Blindness is literally defined as the inability to see, but it is also defined as “lacking perception, awareness, or discernment” (New Oxford American Dictionary). In King Lear, Shakespeare illustrates that figurative sight often is more important than the physical ability....   [tags: Shakespeare's King Lear]
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Blindness and Sight - Lack of Vision in Oedipus the King - Parental Blindness in King Lear As Shakespeare presents to us a tragic pattern of parental and filial love, in which a prosperous man is devested of power and finally recognises his "folly", empathy is induced in the audience. In "King Lear", it is noted from the beginning of the play that both Lear and Gloucester suffer from self-approbation and will consequently find revelation by enduring "the rack of this tough world". While Lear mistakenly entrusts the shallow professions of love from his "thankless" daughters - Goneril and Regan - instead of the selfless words of Cordelia, Gloucester shadows a similar ignorance by initially entrusting love in the evil Edmund, rather than Edgar, whom...   [tags: King Lear essays] 972 words
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King Lear by William Shakespeare - ... He was able to see just how evil his two eldest daughters are, because they locked him out of the kingdom during a storm. However after the storm he is able to see more clearly when he meets up with Gloucester.He was then able to see that Cordelia’s love for him was more that she could have expressed just using words. But King Lear’s blindness has resulted in the death of Cordelia and the life of himself. Although King Lear was blind, Gloucester is another person who is blind throughout the play....   [tags: theme of blindness, story and character analysis]
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Essay on Blame in Shakespeare's King Lear - King Lear is To Blame In William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear", the main character, King Lear, claims to be "a man more sinned against than sinning"(3.2.60-61). Though a good king, King Lear's own actions cause his family and kingdom to fall apart. The sins committed against King Lear are a result of his personal faults of rashness, blindness, and foolishness. King Lear's hot temper and hasty decisions play a significant role in his fall from grace. His old age has caused him to behave impulsively, without any consideration for the consequences of his actions....   [tags: King Lear essays] 575 words
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Kings and Fools in William Shakespeare's King Lear - King Lear: Kings and Fools In Shakespeare's play King Lear, the main character is King Lear who starts off as a respected and powerful king. As the story progresses the king loses his power because of his own stupidity and blindness. The tragedy of this play is shown through the daughters of the king, the fool, and finally when Lear's sanity is tested. At the beginning of the play, King Lear is powerful and harsh. He decides he doesn't want to be king anymore, and so he asks his daughters, Reagan, Goneril, and Cordelia to tell him how much they love him....   [tags: Essays on King Lear] 1012 words
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Examining the Villainous Characters of Shakespeare's King Lear - King Lear by William Shakespeare is one of the ionic plays that depict behavior of mankind as either good or bad. As one of the earliest plays to show cast good vs. evil, King Lear paved the way for other such symbolic plays to written. Goneril, Regan, and Edmund, three of the characters from Shakespeare’s King Lear, are symbols of evil with in human society to its greatest entity. These three are the most highlighted villains in the play. A villain is a bad or evil person, usually the antagonist of the play....   [tags: king lear] 874 words
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A Monologue by Cordelia of King Lear - My father may have abandoned me as his daughter, but I still love him. I am true to my emotions. My senses are clear, I see more clearly than my sisters, and the rest of this poison that has tainted this precious kingdom. I feel that my sister’s intentions are not quite as honourable as my father has once thought. My father is blinded with vanity after all, and so flattering words can fool his precious mind, that craves attention, and constant reassurance. My father is blind to what he can see in front of him I know he will realise what he has done to me, and the kingdom....   [tags: Monologues, King Lear,] 1339 words
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The Universal Truths of King Lear - The Universal Truths of King Lear     Edgar:  O, matter and impertinency mixed, Reason in madness!  (4.6.192-93)           Reason in madness, truth in suffering, and sight in blindness all contain the same basic meaning.  In order to find and recognize our real selves and the truth, we must suffer. These various themes are continually illustrated throughout Shakespeare's King Lear. Their effects are not solely felt by Lear and Gloucester.  All sincerely "good" characters in the play must, in some way, suffer before they can gain wisdom and truth.  Some characters are made to suffer more, some less.  The truths and wisdom gained are what give the drama its substanc...   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Imprisonment in Shakespeare's King Lear - Imprisonment in King Lear      In the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, the idea of imprisonment is fundamental to the plot and central ideas. All characters are imprisoned, whether it is physically, socially or psychologically. Each character suffers 'imprisonment' in some form.   King Lear is one of the more caged characters of the play, he suffers both social and psychological incarceration and this is one the chief reasons for his descent into mental hell and inevitable downfall....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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William Shakespeare's King Lear - William Shakespeare's King Lear "A man more sinned against than sinning" King Lear is one of Shakespeare's more complex plays and within it many different themes are addressed and explored. King Lear is the somewhat unfortunate vehicle that Shakespeare uses to explore many of these themes creating a complex character including the roles of a father, king, friend and adversary....   [tags: William Shakespeare King Lear] 1855 words
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Disorder in King Lear - Disorder in King Lear     "Order from disorder sprung." (Paradise Lost)    A [kingdom] without order is a [kingdom] in chaos (Bartelby.com). In Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear, the audience witnesses to the devastation of a great kingdom. Disorder engulfs the land once Lear transfers his power to his daughters, but as the great American writer, A.C. Bradley said, "The ultimate power in the tragic world is a moral order" (Shakespearean Tragedy). By examining the concept of order versus disorder in the setting, plot, and the character King Lear, Bradley's idea of moral order is clearly demonstrated by the outcome of the play....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Uncovering the Truth in Shakespeare's King Lear - Uncovering the Truth in King Lear      "Only through the loss of our possessions and worldly connections can one truly realize one's inner being" (Confucius). The true nature of man is known but is not commonly seen until adversity strikes. Characters reveal their true nature when they are reduced to nothing. In the play, King Lear, by William Shakespeare, there are three main themes that characters can be reduced by; social status, love and power. Through these three mediums the true nature of the works characters are exposed, by stripping away the innuendo, deceit and superficiality that initially cloaks each character....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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foolear A Fool for a King in William Shakespeare's King Lear - A Fool for a King in King Lear     In Shakespeare's play King Lear, the main character, King Lear, is presented as a respected and powerful king. As the story progresses the king loses his power because of his own stupidity and blindness. The tragedy of this play is shown chiefly through the actions of Lear’s daughters, which lead to Lear’s bout with insanity, and through the words of the Fool. At the beginning of the play, King Lear appears as a powerful and well-loved ruler. He explains his intention to abdicate and divide his kingdom among his three daughters, giving the largest segment to the daughter who convinces him that she loves him most (Boyce 343).  Goneril is the first to lie,...   [tags: King Lear essays]
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The Foolishness of Fools in Shakespeare's King Lear - The Foolishness of Fools in Shakespeare's King Lear Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is comprised of many distinct themes. His contrasts of light and dark, good and evil, and his brilliant illustration of parallels between the foolishness of the play's characters and society allowed him to craft a masterpiece. Just as well, Shakespeare's dynamic use of linguistic techniques such as pun and irony aid this illustration of the perfect microcosm, not only of 16th century Britain, but of all times and places....   [tags: King Lear essays]
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traglear Tragic Hero in King Lear - The definition of tragedy in Webster’s 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 that 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: King Lear essays] 1593 words
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Filial Ingratitude in Shakespeare's King Lear - Filial Ingratitude in Shakespeare's King Lear        In Shakespeare's King Lear, the main plot, which is focused around the error of King Lear, is mirrored by the subplot, which is based on the Earl of Gloucester's mistake. The main plot parallels the subplot in order to reiterate one of the main themes of the play, filial ingratitude.  At first, both Gloucester & Lear are unaware that their disloyal offspring are taking advantage of them, and they have wrongfully accused their virtuous heirs.  When they discover their mistakes however, it is too late to correct them.     In Act I, Scene I, Goneril claims, "Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter...a love that ma...   [tags: King Lear essays]
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Actions of Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear - Actions of Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear Whenever the issue of power allocation arises, there usually emerge a few individuals who, given only a moderate amount of authority, overstep their bounds to exert more dominance than they rightfully own; such is the case with Goneril. Yet, although Goneril certainly errs in betraying the very father that bestowed a large dominion upon her, King Lear deserves much of the blame for Goneril's haughtiness. After grossly misinterpreting the reticence of his heretofore prized daughter Cordelia, Lear divides his kingdom between the mendacious Goneril and the scheming Regan, thereby leaving the fate of the land at their unskilled mercies....   [tags: Shakespeare King Lear Goneril Essays] 598 words
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Justice in William Shakespeare's King Lear - Justice in William Shakespeare's King Lear The question of the origin of true, virtuous, and impartial justice has plagued mankind over the millennia and continues to do so today. In Shakespeare’s King Lear two potential forms of justice predominate: human examination through trial and divine supernatural recourse. Both systems emerge fundamentally flawed in practice, however, and by the end of the play a world of unjust chaos reigns supreme. Over the course of three “trials,” Lear’s daughters competing for his love, the blinding of Gloucester by Cornwall and Regan, and Lear’s imagined cross-examination of Goneril and Regan, Shakespeare strikingly illustrates the concept that human justice...   [tags: William Shakespeare King Lear Essays] 1040 words
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plotlear Importance of the Subplot in Shakespeare's King Lear - Importance of the subplot in King Lear "Why bastard wherefore base?" asks Edmund. The bitter illegitimate son resents his father and brother. He is determined to "prosper" and "grow." Ruthlessly, he plays on old Gloucester's weakness and persuades him that Edgar seeks his death to obtain his inheritance. Edgar, being told that Gloucester seeks his life for some reason, flees. With Edgar thus removed, Edmund now seeks to destroy his father and reports his alleged "treason" to Cornwall who removes the old man's eyes....   [tags: King Lear essays] 425 words
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Tragedy Through Misreading in William Shakespeare's King Lear - Tragedy Through Misreading in William Shakespeare's King Lear Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, portrays many important misconceptions which result in a long sequence of tragic events. The foundation of the story revolves around two characters, King Lear and Gloucester, and concentrates on their common flaw, the inability to read truth in other characters. For example, the king condemns his own daughter after he clearly misreads the truth behind her “dower,”(1.1.107) or honesty. Later, Gloucester passes judgment on his son Edgar based on a letter in which he “shall not need spectacles”(1.2.35) to read....   [tags: William Shakespeare King Lear 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] 957 words
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Lear's Pride Creates his Madness - Lear has an emence amount of pride in the beginning of the play. This pride makes him blind to who he loves the most and why this foolish blindness puts Lear in the hands of his evil daughters, Goneril and Regan. Who ultimately leads to his madness. Therefore Lear has brought about his own madness through his blindness. Lear emended amount of pride not only made him blind to the reasons why he loves Cordellia most and it made him blind through to give Goneril and Regan everything and Cordellia nothing....   [tags: King Lear, Shakespeare, Literary Analysis] 1855 words
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Oedipus the King and The Tragedy of King Lear - Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear One of the key themes in both Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is the importance of having a good understanding of our condition as human beings – knowing ourselves, the world that surrounds us and our place in it. At the same time, however, both authors recognize the fact that blindness to this knowledge of the human condition is a basic mortal trait. Thus, before we can have an understanding of the human condition, we must endure a journey to wisdom....   [tags: compare contrast] 1274 words
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Shakespeare's King Lear and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - ... While Edgar is really loyal to his father, Edmund tricks both Gloucester and Edgar, gaining glory for himself while tearing his family apart. Edmund's character is once again a great example in King Lear how awful people will still often have great fortunes. In spite of their heinous actions and traits, Goneril, Regan, and Edmund all are the beneficiaries of good luck for much of the play. Throughout King Lear, the motif of vision and blindness reasserts that a man's good actions will still have negative effects on him....   [tags: critical lense, contrast and comparison] 1048 words
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King Lear - King Lear – Theme Of Blindness William Shakespeare In Shakespearean terms, blindness means a whole different thing. Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see, but according to Shakespeare, blindness is not only a physical quality, but also a mental flaw some people possess. One of Shakespeare’s dominant themes in his play King Lear is that of blindness. King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany are three prime examples, of how Shakespeare incorporates the theme of blindness into the story....   [tags: essays research papers] 1043 words
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king lear - Shakespeare's King Lear William Shakespeare's King Lear had downfalls in character which later on caused him to suffer extreme consequences. if anyone knows the true meaning of suffering it is King Lear. King Lear's downfalls are his pride, selfishness, and blindness to truth. Pride as one of Lear's first downfalls, in the beginning Lear disowns his lovely daughter Cordelia, because Lear is to blind to realize that cordelia loves her father for who he is and NOT what he has in his possession....   [tags: essays research papers] 527 words
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King Lear - In the play King Lear, Shakespeare used the main characters to portray the main theme. The main theme in this play is blindness. King Lear, Gloucester and Albany are three examples Shakespeare used to incorporate this theme. Each of these characters were “blinded” in different ways because of the wrong decisions they’ve made and later on regretted. The blindest of all was King Lear. Because of his high position as the king, people would think that he should be able to distinguish the good from the bad, but unfortunately, he was “blinded” by others....   [tags: essays research papers] 647 words
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Deception and Unconditional Love in King Lear - Ten years ago, as a little girl, fairy tale was the most favourit kind of my reading. The happy ending in every fairy tale made me enjoyable very much. Sometimes, I got some meaningful lessons for myself from the story I had read. To some extent, like a fairy tale, King Lear by William Shakespeare also brings back to me the memories of those days, that is overwhelmed by the story about King and princesses. However, it is obviously not a fairy tale because of its tragic ending and its profound philosophies of life....   [tags: European Literature] 798 words
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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] 1631 words
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The Significance of a Violent Climax in William Shakespeare's King Lear - The Significance of a Violent Climax in William Shakespeare's King Lear In Shakespeare's King Lear the violent scene of Gucester's eyes being gouged out serves as the climax for the play. One purpose for such a violent scene is to define the villains of the story. The play opens with King Lear retiring and deciding to split his land between his three daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. The size of the land plot each daughter will receive will be proportionate to their love for their father....   [tags: Papers] 480 words
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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] 925 words
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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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Directing a Scene from William Shakespeare's King Lear - Directing a Scene from William Shakespeare's King Lear The scene to be directed is the Storm Scene (Act 3.2). This crucial scene can be likened to a pivot, as it is situated directly in the centre of the play and sways the audiences view; either to build sympathy for King Lear so he is seen as a tragic hero, or to make the viewer believe King Lear gets what he deserves. As the director of a Shakespearian Tragedy the aim is to make the powerful, successful hero fall to a helpless, tragic end, and at the same time have a massive impact on the audience....   [tags: Papers] 2049 words
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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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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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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] 1629 words
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