King Lear is yet another piece of Shakespeare literature in which someone’s emotions take over and logic is unseen and everybody dies at the end. That’s it, the end. It’s the same story every time and there’s nothing to be learned from this piece that is different from the others. Or is there? And if there is, does it really even matter?
Most problems start off early in the story and King Lear by William Shakespeare, is no exception. Here we see the first example of a big flaw in Lear’s personality. I’m not quite sure why he decided that each daughter’s portion of the kingdom depended on how much they said they loved him, but that’s in the past now and we can’t dwell in it. This is the first scene in which we see an important moral lesson being taught. Even though the truth may hurt, you need to hear it. Goneril and Regan both lied to their father in saying that their love for him stretched to the ends of the earth, but Cordelia who was honest with her father saying that she loved him just as much as a daughter should, and also pointing out the flaw in her sisters’ statements saying, “Why have my sisters husbands, if they say / they love you all?” (I i). Well, Lear doesn’t like that. Not only does he cast her out from his kingdom and take away any dowry she might get, he completely disowns her, “Here I disclaim all my paternal care, / Propinquity and property of blood,
/ And as a stranger to my heart and me. . .” (I i). There always seems to be drama when there’s dowry involved, even nowadays.
So now Cordelia is off with King of France to be his wife, and Goneril and Regan have already made plans to overthrow their father’s authority. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Not...
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...family and potentially be the death of some. Another lesson to be learned is that having love and support within a family is very crucial in order for that family to be successful and not try and kill each other. Literally. Something else that can be learned from this play is that sometimes the effect you have on people will stay with them. This can be seen from Lear because he was so badly damaged by his daughters’ betrayal that he lost his mind and ultimately died from the toll those actions took on his body. The last thing that we can learn from Lear is that forgiveness is a very powerful tool. Although Lear had lost his mind and was physically deteriorating, when Cordelia forgave him he was all of a sudden filled with happiness and got to spend his last few hours happy and content because he knew that Cordelia had forgiven him for what he had done to her.
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