Examples Of Bad Parenting In King Lear

analytical Essay
1755 words
1755 words

King Lear: Blind to bad parenting The tragedy King Lear by William Shakespeare ought to be seen as a lesson on what not to do as a parent. By picking favorites, King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester leave a lasting impact on their children 's psyche, ultimately leading to them committing horrible crimes. The rash judgments, violent reactions, and blindness of both Lear and Gloucester lead to both their and their children 's demise. As a result, all of the father-child relationships in the play begin to collapse. In the first scene of the play, King Lear is excited to be publicly flattered by his daughters and relish in his own greatness as king. He asks “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (I.i.52). Lear doesn’t ask which of his …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that shakespeare's tragedy king lear should be viewed as a lesson on what not to do as parents. the rash judgments, violent reactions, and blindness of both lear and gloucester lead to their demise.
  • Analyzes how king lear is excited to be publicly flattered by his daughters and relish in his own greatness as king.
  • Analyzes how gloucester puts his trust in the hands of the wrong son, and suffers the consequences. edmund is angry at his father for picking favorites based on the circumstances of his birth.
  • Analyzes how lear and gloucester destroy familial ties and cause the deaths of their children due to a chain of events set off by navety and blindness in judging their daughters.
  • Analyzes how gloucester's inability to see to his sons' intentions manifests itself in physical blindness. edgar believes that it was the will of the gods to blind gloucester for entering the "dark and vicious place" of adultery.
  • Analyzes how king lear's mistakes lead him to be shunned by his daughters, much to his dismay.
  • Analyzes how king lear redeems himself with cordelia, but it is too late for him to save her from his mistakes.
  • Analyzes how king lear and gloucester find the truth about their children by the end of the play. the awareness and newly forged familial bonds end up being more meaningful than anything else in their lives.

After Kent delightfully brings the two together and Lear realizes who he is talking to, he begs for forgiveness: “Pray, do not mock me. / I am a very foolish fond old man, / Fourscore and upward, not an hour more nor less /....Do not laugh at me, / For as I am a man, I think this lady / To be my child Cordelia.“ (IV.vii.68-79). Lear has finally achieved self-awareness regarding his mistaken banishment of Cordelia, and proclaims to her in a surprising display of humility that he is just a “foolish fond old man.” Shocking the audience, Lear does not hold back his newfound sense of shame. He goes on: “Be your tears wet? Yes, faith. I pray, weep not. If you have poison for me, I will drink it. I know you do not love me, for your sisters Have, as I do remember, done me wrong. You have some cause; they have not.” (IV.vii.81-85). In another case of both humility and misjudgment, Lear believes that Cordelia no longer loves him due to his mistakes. Lear could not be more wrong because Cordelia 's love for her father is unconditional and still lives. Cordelia virtuously accepts his apology and assures him “No, sir, you must not kneel,” (IV.vii.67). Although the two do not live much longer, Lear intends to live out the rest of their lives being the best a father can

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