In the tragedy “King Lear”, Shakespeare incorporates the superfluous usage of emotion as a general indication of irrationality and naiveness, whereas the usage of reason signals maturity, intelligence, and reality. Tired of the endless duties accompanied with the title of King, Lear planned to divide his empire into three sections, one section for each daughter. Dominated by a need for sentimental flattery, Lear simple-mindedly decides to give his largest realms to the daughter whose proclamation of love is the most embellished and honeyed. From the merging of emotion and reason, Shakespeare is able to center his play on the torments accompanied by the appearances betrayal, madness, and chaos. Though goodness is interwoven within the play, evil and the flaws of human nature are also included.
He gives away his kingdom in relation to his daughters ability to flatter him and articulate their love. King Lear’s stubbornness and oversized ego is blind to the error he makes in rewarding something as immeasurable love in this competitive environment. Cordelia is the only one who sees the ridiculousness of such a task and unlike her sisters does not fully participate in the competition for her father's inheritance. She describes her love for her father honestly, as important but not consuming of her entire being as her sisters do. Her father sees this as direct and personal insult and banishes her as well as taking her dowry.
The vagueness of her character helps create empathy for Hamlet's continual indecisiveness. Her influence over all of the other main characters means that she could have stopped the tragic series of events if she had been more astute. The feeling of senselessness this preventability creates is really the most tragic element of the play. Though Gertrude initially seems overlooked in the creation of a whole cast of memorable and vivid characters, it seems that Shakespeare intentionally created one wild card. It is almost agonizing to attempt to understand who Gertrude is, and in attempting to do so, one can truly begin to comprehend Hamlet's anguish.
King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character Shakespeare lays out the fate of all the characters in Ling Lear within the first scene of the play, leaving no doubt in the audience's mind that a terrible mistake is taking place, because of the way other characters react, Kent for example. Ironically the king states his wish "that future strife be prevented" by his division of the kingdom between his three daughters on declarations of their love. He is both naïve and vain in believing that carving up his kingdom in this way will create anything other than rivalry and disaster. Two of his daughters, Goneril and Regan, are prepared to flatter him because they both have ambitions for power and wealth, while the youngest, Cordelia, will not exaggerate her true feelings: that of a loving daughter, "I love your majesty according to my bond: nor more nor less." The king ignores the Earl of Kent who tries to defend Cordelia and banishes him for daring to speak out.
Man’s justice is profoundly corrupted by the imperfection of human nature and shrouded by the inherent vices of avarice and jealousy. The theme of flawed justice arising from defective character is demonstrated from the very outset of the play with King Lear’s demand that his three daughters compete for his love and estate. Certainly, any father that actively encourages sibling rivalry and so clearly plays favorites, as shown when he laments over Cordelia “I loved her most and thought to set my rest / on her kind nursery” (1.1.137-38), has something drastically wrong with his mindset. Thus, Shakespeare utilizes the establishment of Lear’s flawed character to reveal the detrimental effect imperfect human nature can have on the issuing of justice. Shakespeare does so in including the senseless decree that Lear rashly issues: the virtuous Cordelia and loyal Kent shall be banished, and Lear’s kingdom should be ... ... middle of paper ... ...Lear states, “Through tattered clothes small vices do appear.
Shakespeare makes it difficult to understand the reasoning for the need of his daughters to publicly show him their love. They are hi... ... middle of paper ... ...as to pretend to love Goneril and Reagan, two sisters he knew would get jealous and go against each other, Edmund had a plan and he went through with it. Everything was going according, until Edgar found out about it when he discovered his father Gloucester without eyes. Edmund ends up being killed by Edgar. When we look at both characters, we can tell each had conflict between other characters.
In the end, it seems as though both Lear and Gloucester die from the guilt and sorrow that comes from the traumatic events that they experience. One might suggest that they both die from a broken heart. In the beginning of the play, Lear exhibits his poor judgement and insecurities when he brings in his three daughters to see who he will give his kingdom to. The test that he puts his daughters through demonstrates that he desires a false public display of love over real love. He doesn’t ask “which of you doth love us most,” instead he says, “which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (Shakespeare, 11).
Lear's relationship with his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, is, from the beginning, very uncharacteristic of the typical father-daughter relationship. It's clear that the king is more interested in words than true feelings, as he begins by asking which of his daughters loves him most. Goneril and Regan's answers are descriptive and sound somewhat phony, but Lear is flattered by them. Cordelia's response of nothing is honest; but her father misunderstands the plea and banishes her. Lear's basic flaw at the beginning of the play is that he values appearances above reality.
Within the Play “King Lear” by William Shakespeare, King Lear is presented as a complex character who is emotionally driven, turns a blind eye to reality, and lacks the mental strength to combat certain conflicts, which leads him to make mistakes throughout the play. In the beginning of the novel Lear divides his kingdom between his two eldest daughters. He presents his daughters with the question of how much they love him individually. Both of the oldest daughters pledge there love to their father unconditionally. The youngest daughter Cordelia however who truly loves him responds with a statement that he is not quite fond of.
Lear’s rash decision to banish his loving daughter Cordelia and hand total power of his kingdom over to two his uncaring daughters, Goneril and Regan sets of a chain of events which send him on a downward spiral to become the basest of human beings. Shakespeare uses the characters of the Fool, Cordelia, Kent and Goneril as well as irony, foreshadowing, and diction to portray Lear as nothing more than an unseeing old human being. The Fool is a character in the play who is the embodiment of Lear’s conscience and through him, the audience is able to witness the folly of the King. His name bears quite a significant irony as throughout the play it is made apparent that it is the Fool who is the wiser. He states that, “this fellow banished two on’s daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will” (1,4,101-103) The Fool lays bare the folly Lear in not recognising the worth of a true daughter yet through his foolish act, he has done Cordelia good.