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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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]

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The King's Pride Depicted in Shakespeare's King Lear

- When one examines the words “pride” and “self-respect”, it is possible one may assume that the two are identical in meaning. That the words go hand in hand like butter and bread. For quite some time I was pondering on the meaning of the two words “pride” and “self-respect”. The more consideration I put into the two the deeper I was in a maze of confusion. After a long thought on the subject I had come to my own conclusion. The difference between “pride” and “self-respect” is not in class as many believe but in quantity....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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King Lear And The Fatal Flaw

- ‘How central is the idea of a ‘fatal flaw’ in King Lear?’ More than any of Shakespeare’s plays, King Lear explores the concept of a fatal flaw and the terrible downfall it could lead to. It is indeed the most central idea in the play. Shakespeare shows us how one flaw in an otherwise normal person can lead to their ultimate demise. From the very inception we witness what Lear’s fatal flaw is - his pride. We first see it surface when he decides to divide his Kingdom into three for his three daughters....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reason and Irrationality in King Lear

- Reason and Irrationality in King Lear In King Lear, Shakespeare deals with the issue of reason and irrationality namely by contrasting the Machiavellian tactics of Goneril, Regan, and Edmund with the love Edgar, Gloster, Lear, and Cordelia experience. In doing so, he makes a very profound statement about the nature of human existence—he condemns reason and natural order while promoting the most nonsensical thing in the world: human love. From the text, I ascertain that Shakespeare believes that all anybody needs to survive in the unjust world is love....   [tags: William Shakespeare Love Essays]

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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 Tragedy of King Lear

- The Tragedy of King Lear King Lear is a tragic story by William Shakespeare is a story of a man King Lear and his decision that led to his fate and the fate of others. With every tragic story comes a tragic hero. The tragic hero of the story is King Lear. According to the definition of a tragic hero one must be born into nobility, endowed with a tragic flaw, doomed to make a serious error in judgement, fall from great heights or high esteem, realize they have made an irreversible mistake, and faces and accepts death with honor meets a tragic death....   [tags: Shakespeare Analysis]

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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 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 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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Imagery in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Imagery in Shakespeare's King Lear *No Works Cited In the immense amount of writing that William Shakespeare had done in hiscareer as a playwright and or writer in general there are bound to besome consistencies and reoccurring themes that make his writing so popular and interesting. In many cases it ishard to tell whether the thematic structure that many writers follow is intentional or not, but it is possible that there is a reasoning for a specific kind of imagery that a writer likes to outline his/her writing after....   [tags: Papers]

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Humanity's Fate in King Lear

- Humanity's Fate in King Lear Many tragedies have been written throughout history. The purpose of these tragedies were to illustrate some type of moral lesson. The tragic situation involves man's miscalculation of reality and the fatal results of those miscalculations. Our tragic hero must endure a great deal of suffering. It ends in his ruin or destruction. We must also understand that tragedy not only destroys the guilty, but also the innocent. The tragic hero represents what could happen to humankind....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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King Lear's View of Himself

- King Lear's View of Himself "King Lear" is a play all about the cruelty of human nature and the ways in which all people, "good" and "bad", can sin, or be sinned against. Lear is a very difficult character to categorise as either "good" or "bad" as he is both "sinned against" and "sinning". It is also very difficult to use these sins as a measure of his character as they a varying in severity. When we first meet Lear he is in the process of dividing his kingdom into three, preparing to hand it to his three daughters....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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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Paratextuality in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Pitching Mad Boy: How Paratextuality Mediates the Distance Between Spectators, Adaptations, and Source Texts. A popular anecdote used to introduce students and spectators to King Lear tells how, for 150 years, the stage was dominated by Nahum Tate’s adaptation, in which Lear and Cordelia are happily reconciled, and Cordelia is married off to Edgar. Here is what N.H. Hudson had to say about Tate: This shameless, this execrable piece of demendation. Tate improve Lear. Set a tailor at work, rather, to improve Niagara....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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King Lear and Laurence Cook: Two of a Kind

- Although King Lear and Laurence Cook are from completely different eras, they are two of a kind. They both established impressive kingdoms, amassed large amounts of land, and achieved an elitist status in the process. Consumed with themselves and with the acquisition of material goods, they assumed that their ‘greatness’ would somehow render them infallible, and allow their children to perhaps become carbon copies of themselves. The reader knows that this is not the case, that the tale of these two fathers is a tragedy, and that their fortunes became their Achilles’ heel and that of their children....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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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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]

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King Lear: How First Scene Foreshadows

- In most plays, first scene foreshadows and points out the key ideas and character interactions. Specifically, in the play King Lear, we can tell from the first act, contains powerful elements of foreshadowing that foretell the chaos and disasters that will unfold in the social and familial world of King Lear himself. In Shakespearean times, or Elizabethan times, it was expected for society to believe in the great chain of being and the love of their families. From begging scene of King Lear, we can see that this tragedy of Shakespeare starts off against the belief of Elizabethan times and foreshadows the rest of the play....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Disappearing Nephews: Monmouth's Version of King Lear

- Adaption is very clearly prevalent as of late. Since the invention of film, countless classic stories have been adjusted time and time again to fit new timeframes and new settings. However, as Linda Hutcheon observes, “Shakespeare transferred his culture’s stories from page to stage” long before our cinematic time . The story of King Lear, which had been told many times before Shakespeare put his version of the tale on stage in 1606 , exemplifies this. The story of “King Leir” can be traced as far as far back as 1136 with Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae ....   [tags: story adaptation, Shakespeare plays]

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Role of the Fools in A Midsummer Night Dream and King Lear

- Much can be said about the figure of the Fool in Shakespeare’s plays. The role that this type of character shows an interesting dynamic, particularly in the sense that the inclusion of the figure of a clown is always fitting and appropriate, regardless of the genre of the play. Shakespearean fools are privileged laugh provokers, who usually don’t have any real part in the play but their presence is significant. Many were wise enough to know how to offer profound truth and wisdom in the guise of humor....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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Answers to Questions Analyzing Shakespeare´s King Lear

- Question 1: Gloucester’s renewal of sight is described by the line “I stumbled when I saw”. I saw that this line could be interpreted in two ways. First, it is meant to say that when he could physically still see, he had been following the wrong path. Gloucester made continuous mistakes when he had his eye sight, trusting and assuming much too quickly. It was then until his eyes wore literally plucked out but the Duke of Cornwall, that the truth finally came to surface. This famous line explains that when he was not blind yet, he kept stumbling on the lies and disguises of both Edmund and Edgar....   [tags: Literature, Play]

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Legitimate Bastard:Edmund's Soliloquy in King Lear

- Shakespearean plays always contain intriguing characters with many sides, secrets, and stories. The villainous Edmund in King Lear is no exception. Though a supporting actor by theater standard, he is one of the first characters introduced to the audience in the opening scenes. He plays a key role in the subplot of King Lear, and establishes himself as a complex “evil” character. When compared to Regan and Goneril, Edmund is much more cunning in his ambition. His ultimate goal is to prove his importance and value to society despite being born a bastard....   [tags: Shakespeare Analysis]

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Drawings for King Lear

- Drawings for King Lear While in Paris in 1843-4, Ford Madox Brown sketched a set of eighteen pen-and-ink studies for King Lear. Two designs he later developed as finished paintings--Lear and Cordelia (1848-49) and Cordelia's Portion (1866)--and a third he turned into an oil-sketch, Cordelia Parting from Her Sisters (1854). Sixteen of the drawings were shown in 1865 at his Picadilly Exhibition, and Brown wrote the captions that appear below the drawings for the exhibition catalog. The sixteen sketches with captions are owned by the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, and the two without captions are in the City Museum and Art Gallery of Birmingham....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Literature Essays]

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William Shakespeare's King Lear

- William Shakespeare's King Lear In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear,the issue of sight on many levels is a recurring theme. Throughout the play Shakespeare shows that sight does not just come from the eyes. It is shown through the characters of Lear, Gloucester and how they compare to each other. Lear’s character is one that never learns what it means to see without ones eyes. Lear’s sight is hazed because of his lack of ability to see inside of people, he can not tell who they really are....   [tags: Papers]

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Motiff of King Lear

- Motiff of King Lear One of the primary themes portrayed in "King Lear" is the harsh effects of betrayal by one's loved ones. Incorporated in this message is the fact that such betrayal can be avoided with sound judgment and temper, and with patience in all decisions. Shakespeare uses the motif of madness to aid in this message. Anger and insanity are coupled to illustrate the theme, and they both cloud the judgment of characters in various ways. A contrast between actual insanity and fabricated madness aids in the depiction of the main theme as well....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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William Shakespeare's King Lear

- William Shakespeare's King Lear King Lear is universal - the tragedy is in a distantly remote and deliberately undefined historical period and location. Has resulted in its survival. The emptiness of the stage at the Globe Theatre allowed Shakespeare to both set his plays in any location and to put them in no particular setting, allowing him to draw the attention of the audience to the essentials of the play....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear Act V

- "How does Act 5 fit our expectation of a Shakespearean tragedy?" Shakespeare wrote King Lear in 1605 or 1606 when he was already a successful playwright. It is one of his many tragedies, although it includes some differences. Nevertheless, following a classical model, the fifth act is used to bring a conclusion to the play, thus the audience expects the events to be wound up, with justice done and right restored. According to Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, a tragedy should arouse emotions of pity and fear; King Lear can be put in parallel to these thoughts....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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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 and Illigetimacy

- King Lear and Illigetimacy Shakespeare’s treatment of illegitimacy in the play King Lear can be interpreted in many ways depending on the audience. The situation of illegitimacy is portrayed through the relationships of the characters the Earl Of Gloucester and his two sons Edgar and Edmund. Edmund is the illegitimate son while Edgar was born within the law. We learn of Edmund’s illegitimacy in the opening scene in the first act where The Earl of Gloucester is holding a conversation with Kent while Edmund is nearby....   [tags: essays papers]

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Kingship in King Lear and King Henry IV, Part I

- Though the concept of kingship is rather unfamiliar and even alien to the contemporary democratic society, it was and still is a topic of great importance to English society. And during the Elizabethan era, no collection of renowned works helped to emphasize this notion more than Shakespeare’s plays – plays such as Macbeth, Hamlet, the Tudor history plays, and even King Lear. There are some who have argued that Shakespeare orchestrated these plays as a means of teaching his audience about political power; the responsibilities of a just ruler; the duties of the subject; and the qualities of a true king....   [tags: power, ruler, William 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]

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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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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]

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King Lear

- King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies which involves a common story of three daughters vying for the love of their father. Jane Smiley parallels the story of King Lear in her novel A Thousand Acres. Though this novel is derived from the roots of King Lear and the basic plot is similar, the reader’s reaction to each work of literature varies greatly. One may wonder why the reader’s perspective on the play King Lear changes so drastically after reading the novel A Thousand Acres....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- 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]

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King Lear

- Throughout history, men have been depicted in literature in various ways: as warriors, heroes, rulers, fathers, brothers, sons and lovers. Shakespeare's King Lear gives a glimpse of a man's psyche in the course of the relationships he has with the women of the play. King Lear brings out the worst of Goneril and Regan, invoking within them deceit, greed and manipulation, portraying women as foul and loathsome creatures who give rise to suffering and discord. While Cordelia embodies a positive female image, King Lear is illogical in his actions toward her due to her sexuality and his opinion of how a female should honor her father....   [tags: European Literature]

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King Lear

- King Lear Every situation in life has an appearance, and a reality. The appearance of a situation is usually what we want to see. The reality, what is really going on, is not always as obvious to the observer. People who cannot penetrate through the superficial appearance of a situation will see only what they want to believe is true; often, the reality of a situation is unappealing to the perceiver. These are the circumstances surrounding the conflict that occurs in William Shakespeare's King Lear....   [tags: essays papers]

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King Lear

- King Lear In William Shakespeare’s classic play, King Lear, the title character gives a memorable speech that brings to light the effect of wealth on the way people perceive mistakes. When you were a kid and you did something wrong your mother or your father probably told you, “well everyone makes mistakes.” Lear adds another dimension to this concept. In more modern terms, his speech basically says that it’s much easier to detect sin and wrong in a man who bumbles around in filth with a shopping cart full of God-knows-what, all wrapped up in garbage bags, than it is in a man who pulls up in a Jaguar and is wealthy enough to hire people to floss his teeth....   [tags: essays papers]

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- King Lear In the play King Lear written by William Shakespeare a collection of images are used to express different points Shakespeare is trying to relay to his audience. One reoccurring image that kept popping up was animal images. Shakespeare displays these animal images when King Lear and many of the other characters in the play talk about Goneril and Regan. The animals that Lear and the other characters compare the two sisters to are not very pretty. They are compared to the likes of tigers, serpents, and even monsters....   [tags: essays papers]

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King Lear

- ACT ONE, SCENE ONE KING LEAR Lines 248 ¡V 260 It is said by Lear that it would have been better if Cordelia ¡§hadst not been born than not t¡¦have pleased me better¡¨, but France supports her by referring to her as ¡§Fairest Cordelia¡¨ to put her into a better light. As France is portrayed as a ¡§true gentleman¡¨ his views and opinions are respected more by the audience than Lear¡¦s, because Lear appears to the viewers as an egotistical and cruel man. Therefore, when France describes Cordelia as being ¡§rich¡¨ but ¡§poor¡¨, ¡§Most choice¡¨ yet ¡§forsaken¡¨ and ¡§most loved¡¨ though ¡§despised!¡¨ the audience sees a major contrast through these paradoxes and agrees with France....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- King Lear Act I Scene i: Set in the royal court, the first scene of Shakespeare's King Lear pivots upon the refusal of the aged monarch's youngest daughter, Cordelia, to follow the suit of her sisters Goneril and Regan in professing love for their father, and Lear's wrathful decision to disown Cordelia. Nevertheless, Act I, scene i of Lear begins with a parallel subplot about the bastard Edmund's treachery toward his father Gloucester and his brother Edgar. At the start of the scene, we first see the loyal gentlemen Kent and Gloucester discussing Lear's intention to leave the realm to his daughters and their sons-in-law....   [tags: essays papers]

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King Lear

- King Lear Shakespeare's King Lear is a tragic play about an English king and his three daughters. It is a tragic play because it takes Lear all his long life and much suffering to realize the true value of the thing that he takes for granted, his youngest daughter Cordelia. The old king, Lear, spoiled by his absolute power and his habit of receiving instant gratification, asks his daughters to verbalize the feelings that each has for her father in exchange for his kingdom. At this point the old king's downfall and a late life lesson for what years remain in Lear's life begin....   [tags: William Shakespeare England Essays]

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King Lear

- King Lear Assignment 1. Betrayal, Reconciliation, Authority versus Chaos, and Justice are different issues or themes that Shakespeare presents to his audience and asks them to battle and wrestle against. The first issue is the betrayal of the king and of Gloucester, and the reconciliation between them and their loved ones in the end, and the authority versus the chaos in the city on England and finally the Justice issue in which both the bodies of the good and the bad lay next to the each other in the end of the play....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Lear

- King Lear There are really two plots in King Lear, a main plot and a fully developed subplot. Each has its own set of characters. In the main plot, there is the head of the family, the 80-plus-year-old king of Britain, Lear. He has three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. The Duke of Albany is married to the oldest, Goneril, and the Duke of Cornwall is married to Regan, the middle daughter. Cordelia has two suitors, the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France. The court jester, the Fool, is by extension a member of the Lear family and part of the main plot, as is the Earl of Kent, Lear's loyal follower....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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