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- 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]

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- King Lear Spit, fire. Spout, rain. Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters. I tax you not, you elements, with unkindness: I never gave you kingdom, call'd you children, You owe me no subscription: then let fall Your horrible pleasure... Imagine trusting your children with everything you have. Now imagine trusting your worst enemies with everything you have. Just think... They could be one in the same. Our Interview with Shakespeare Scholar, Jasper the Unicorn On King Lear by William Shakespeare KariMag: What do you think of the tragedy that befalls King Lear....   [tags: William Shakespeare English Literature Essays]

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- King Lear Summary The play, “King Lear” by William Shakespeare, starts with noblemen Kent and Gloucester having a conversation and the audience finds out that Gloucester has two sons. Edgar who is his heir, and Edmund his unimportant son. This info. leads to the mini-plot. Then, Lear enters to say that he is going to end his life’s tasks and problems. He then points to the map, he tells the people there that he will split his land into three parts. They are going to be given to his three daughters....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- 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]

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- King Lear, Abbey exhibited King Lear, another of his large, dramatic pictures, at the Royal Academy in 1898; the painting was accompanied in the catalog by these lines from Act I, scene i: Ye jewels of our father, with washed eyes Cordelia leaves you. I know what you are; And, like a sister, am most loth to call Your faults as they are named. Love well our father. To your professed bosoms I commit him. But yet, alas. stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So farewell to you both....   [tags: William Shakespeare Literature Essays]

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- King Lear & A Thousand Acres: The Storms That Loom Within Our Lives Dadds 1 Thesis Statement: The similarities that have been revealed in King Lear and A Thousand Acres are havoc, turmoil and dysfunction that so many families have been plagued with for centuries. There have been many movies made in the last century that have remarkable similarities to movies and plays made decades ago....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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- King Lear Essay Shakespeare has written dozens of plays and in each one he has included some of the most complex characters ever put on stage. Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth are just a few examples of these great characters that will always remain in our memories. However, standing beside the complex main characters in plays such as King Lear and Hamlet, there are secondary characters of equal, if not greater complexity. In King Lear, secondary characters such as Edmund, Edgar, and Cordelia are directly responsible many of the extreme changes that occur during the play and it is their complexity as human characters that allows them to do this....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- King Lear King Lear is a play written by William Shakespeare that focuses on the relationships of many characters, some good, some evil. This is a great tragedy that is full of injustice at the beginning and the restoring of justice towards the end. The good are misjudged as evil and the evil are accepted as good. It is not until the end of the play that the righteous people are recognized as such. There is great treachery and deceit involved in the hierarchy of English rule. The great mistake in this play was made by Lear when he decided to divide up his kingdom to his three daughters....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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- King Lear: topic #2, revision. Matt Diggs III "Lear: 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. Cordelia: No cause, no cause." In Shakespeare's King Lear the character Cordelia is disowned and denied dowry because she is unable to bring herself to flatter her father. This honesty is taken as insult by Lear in the opening act of the play, and he renounces the princess in a fit of rage....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Lear's Journey Through Hell in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- King Lear's Journey Through Hell in William Shakespeare's King Lear Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's deci-sions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, whose decisions greatly change his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear takes on the rank of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their display of love towards him. This sud-den surrender of his throne results in a chain reaction of events that send him through a journey of hell....   [tags: Papers]

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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare's King Lear Two English literary works, one a comedy and the other a tragedy, by two different authors of separate centuries, both have their fair share of characters who illustrate the admirable and the not-so-admirable of dispositions. Jane Austen's socially satirical novel Pride and Prejudice from 1813 and William Shakespeare's poetic poem King Lear from 1606 match each other very closely in the context of how good character reveals itself....   [tags: Austen Shakespeare Prejudice Lear Essays]

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Portrayal of King Lear in First Four Scenes of King Lear by Shakespeare

- King Lear, by Shakespeare is a play written in the Elizabethan times. The tragedy of King Lear and his daughters was a familiar tale in England at the time. In the first scene of act 1 we do not meet Lear from the very start of the play. King Lear enters after a conversation between Kent, Gloucester and his son Edmund. We immediately get the notion that Lear is attention loving and that he loves flattery. As the scene develops we also discover that he knows almost nothing about his daughters, as he couldn?t recognize their falseness....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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Comparing A Thousand Acres and King Lear

- A Thousand Acres and King Lear: A New Twist When Jane Smiley wrote A Thousand Acres, she consciously made the story parallel to Shakespeare's King Lear for several reasons. The novel's characters and basic storyline are almost direct parallels to King Lear, but Smiley's dissatisfaction with the traditional interpretation of King Lear is showcased in her modern day version (Berne 236). The story of the Cook family is almost a carbon copy of the saga of Lear's family. The ruler, or father, possesses so much power that he is driven to insanity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Alienation in King Lear and The Jew of Malta

- Alienation in King Lear and The Jew of Malta During one time or another, every individual has experienced Alienation. Whether it is with family members, in our society, in our religion, in our educational institution and even in politics: “The most common form of alienation is the physical and cultural kind experiencing "foreignness" or "culture shock." This is also the kind of alienation that is most easily understood; however, when one feels alienated in one's own home, society, religion, or culture, it is more difficult to rationalize or understand that feeling of not belonging.” Alienation has been defined as when someone does not feel that he or she be...   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare’s King Lear

- Multiple Viewpoints of Shakespeare’s King Lear Shakespeare’s King Lear is a tragic about an aging King of Britain and his three daughters. When it comes time to divide his kingdom, he puts his daughters through a test to prove how much they love him. The two older daughters, Goneril and Regan, give King Lear flattering answers and therefore receive great amounts of finer land. The third and youngest daughter, Cordilia, says that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father. King Lear becomes enraged with Cordilia and disowns her and gives her no land....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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An Examination of the Significance of the Fool in King Lear

- An Examination of the Significance of the Fool in King Lear A Fool is used in plays as a professional jester or clown whose function it was to amuse the king and his followers by his jokes and witty remarks. The Fool enjoyed the freedom to speak on any subject and to comment on persons and events without any restraint. The Fool’s function was purely to provide entertainment and to amuse people. Shakespeare’s objective in introducing the fool in King Lear is to provide comic relief in the play where the events are very tragic and oppressing....   [tags: Papers]

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Wisdom and Foolishness in Shakespeare's King Lear

- Tragedies are dominated by contrasts and conflicts between various entities such as, good and evil, legitimate and illegitimate, appearance and reality and so on. Another contrast is between wisdom and foolishness. If one associates foolishness with madmen and fools one will be surprised to find that in a tragedy such as King Lear this is not the case. Shakespeare portrays, the sane characters such as Kent and Cordelia as fools by virtue of loyalty, love and their willingness to speak the truth....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare

- The Tragic Hero in King Lear by Shakespeare Tragedy is defined in Websters Dictionary as: 1) A medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man 2) A serious drama typically describing a conflict between the hero and a superior force (like destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites leaves the readers full of pity or terror. King Lear is one of William Shakespeare’s great tragic pieces; it is not only seen as a tragedy in itself, but also a play that includes two tragic heroes and four villains....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear vs. The Stone Angel

- It has been said that, “Rivers and mountains may change; human nature, never.”(worldofquotes.com) This is a quote that can be deconstructed when examining William Shakespeare’s King Lear and Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel. When reviewing the two books the main characters, King Lear and Hagar, are easily comparable. The first similarity becomes apparent when King Lear and Hagar are both developed as flawed characters. Secondly, because of their flaws the two characters become blind to reality....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Comparison of the Outcomes of Othello and King Lear

- The Tragic Outcome of Othello and King Lear Two Sources In Othello and Lear, Shakespeare contrasts two endings that tragedy can bring. As Lear is thrown from kingship, he begins to see through his previous misconceptions about love, justice, and the nature of authority. Othello, on the other hand, held no real misconceptions about the world. He begins the tragedy nearly perfect, already a realist, knowing, for instance, that he is safe from scandal because of his ability as a general....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Different Directors Perspectives in King Lear

- All texts can be read and understood, interpreted and represented in many different ways according to the views of the responder and their context. Many different interpretations of “King Lear” have been made, each valuing and highlighting different aspects and themes of the play. It is necessary for these interpretations to be made and adapted in order for “King Lear” to have relevance within the context of the society. Each interpretation of the text extracts and concentrates on certain ideas, issues, themes, values of the play, altering the way the play is received amongst audiences and critics....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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King Lear - Family: A Medium For A Betrayal

- "Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love." (John LeCarre) In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Lear, characters are betrayed by the closest people to them. The parents betray their children, mostly unintentionally. The children deceive their parents because of their greed and power hunger. Their parents were eventually forgiven, but the greedy children were not. Parents and their children betray one and other, and are only able to do so because they are family, however, the children betray for greed while the parents betray through the credulity caused by their children's greed....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Suffering in Titues Andronicus and King Lear

- Suffering in Titues Andronicus and King Lear An essential element to any Shakespearean tragedy is the idea of human suffering. In both Titus Andronicus and King Lear no one can deny that the characters in these plays do indeed suffer and at great lengths, but the question begs to be asked what is the source of this suffering. Keeping in mind that during the times in which William Shakespeare wrote death, adultery and fragrant sexuality where at an optimal level and as such single parent families frequently resulted....   [tags: Papers]

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Does King Lear Play The Tragic

- Does King Lear Play the Tragic Hero, or the Autocrat. It is quite possible to make an argument in favour of either answer, an argument that would prove to be quite a debate, although one answer would weigh in favour of the other. To prove this, certain elements would have to be analysed thoroughly, all aspects taken into context and sufficient research done into the matter. This is the only method in which a fair debate of the argument can be taken into consideration. We can only find the answer to this question if we know what the two arguments mean; this will provide a solid base onto which the rest of the debate can rest, a foundation of fact....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Fool in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Fool in William Shakespeare's King Lear The Fool’s function in King Lear is to create emphasis on the tragedy in the play and give insight into the characters’ true nature. He shows other characters’ nature though blunt comments and earns himself the name of ‘all-licensed Fool’, as he clearly states peoples’ inner personality. He develops the tragedy though a theme of madness and instability, from his use of poems and rhymes intermingled with standard prose, which even then is full of cryptic phrases and drivel....   [tags: Papers]

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Discussion of King Lear's Evaluation of Himself

- Discussion of King Lear's Evaluation of Himself " I am a man more sinned against than sinning," this is Lear's evaluation of himself when he is at his weakest. To sin is to contravene the rules of God, as this play is set in times before the church played an active role in running the state the king was the only one who could say what is wrong or right. This quotation is derived from the storm scene in Act 3 Scene 2. Before we accept this we must take into account his condition....   [tags: Papers]

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Disobedience in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Disobedience in William Shakespeare's King Lear "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child". Filial disobedience is a key theme in the play 'King Lear' and in both the times it was set and written, children were not expected to disobey their fathers. Jacobean England was an extremely hierarchical society meaning that respect should not only be shown to the powerful and rich but also to parents and the elderly. Seventeenth century England would have been more devout in terms of religion than today and undoubtedly a Jacobean audience would have been familiar with the fifth commandment, 'Honour thy father and mother'....   [tags: Papers]

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Betrayal in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Betrayal in William Shakespeare's King Lear A kingdom without order is a kingdom in chaos (Bradley). William ShakespeareÂ’s play King Lear is a play full of deception, betrayal, and insincere promises. ItÂ’s a tragic play that demonstrates what happens when children are concealed by greed and loose their love and respect for their parents. Goneril, Regan, and Edmund declare their affection to their loved ones for their ambition for power and to raise there status in Britain....   [tags: Papers]

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Critical Study of Shakespeare's King Lear

- Critical Study of Shakespeare's King Lear In this production of Shakespeare's King Lear, a feminist reading of the play has been chosen to be presented to the audience. Certain important factors must be taken into consideration as to how this reading will be reflected on stage. Thus, we will examine, in detail, two important scenes: Act I, scene i, and Act IV, scene iv, their impact on the action and main issues of the play (ambition/ greed, power, corruption, appearance versus reality and growth through suffering) and how the characters, specifically the women roles, are to be portrayed to reflect this particular critical reading....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of "Old Goriot" and "King Lear"

- "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." (Act 1 scene 4 lines 282-3) This quotation may have been taken from "King Lear" but it is also very apt for Balzac's novel "Old Goriot." Both stories tell of misplaced loyalties, thankless children and self-knowledge, which comes too late. Both eponymous characters surrender their fortunes to their daughters, excepting Cordelia in "King Lear", only to find themselves outcasts. Old Goriot starts out as a wealthy retired merchant, but ends the tale a pauper in a pauper's grave....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Comparing Oedipus Rex and King Lear

- Comparing Oedipus Rex and King Lear    Oedipus Rex and King Lear are, as their titles announce, both about kings. These two plays are similar in theme and in the questions they pose to the audience. The kings in each play both fall from the pinnacle of power to become the most loathed of all classes in society; Oedipus discovers that he is a murderer and committer of incest, and Lear becomes a mad beggar. Misjudgments occur in both plays, and the same questions about the gods, fate, and free will are posed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Chaos In William Shakespeare's King Lear

- A device which Shakespeare often utilized to convey the confusion and chaos within the plot of his plays, is the reflection of that confusion and chaos in the natural environment of the setting, along with supernatural anomalies and animal imageries. In King Lear, these devices are used to communicate the plot, which is summarized by Gloucester as: &#8230;This villain of mine comes under the prediction: there&#8217;s son against father. The King falls from bias of nature: there&#8217;s father against child....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Lear Act 1 Scene

- King Lear Act 1 Scene What impact did Act 1 Scene 1 of King Lear have on you. The first scene of the first act of King Lear had a genuinely dramatic affect upon me. This first glimpse into the world of Lear and his subordinates sets the premise for the whole play, unravelling within the first few pages, themes which I believe will become increasingly evident. The scene opens with the introduction of three characters – Kent, Gloucester and Edmund. Of these three characters the only one who seems not to have been shown in an unfavourable light yet, by this brief introduction, is Kent....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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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]

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Shakespeare's Use of Madness as a Theme in King Lear

- Edgar first assumes the disguise of Poor Tom as Lear and the Earl of Gloucester enter the cave in which Edgar is hiding. Since Edgar was banished, similar to Kent, who is also present later in this act, he must conjure up a disguise. Why does Edgar chose the repulsive beggar that Poor Tom is. Well, remember that Poor Tom represents the popular belief of the insane during the Elizabethan era. Therefore, he is the perfect disguise. No one would ever suspect Poor Tom of being Edgar, because Edgar is a very pleasant man, while Tom is completely repulsive....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespearean Plays]

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Fate and The Circunstancial Downfall of Character in Oedipus Rex

- Circumstantial Downfall Fate and the circumstantial downfall of characters (usually surrounding the protagonist) is a reoccurring theme seen throughout the Eras of theatre (specifically between the plays Oedipus Rex [Greek Theatre] and King Lear [Elizabethan Thatre.]) Fate and falling victim to circumstance is one of the same; fate is just a predetermination made by a higher being (gods,) while circumstance is almost always the result of causation; contrary to the psychological phrase correlation does not imply causation which means that a relation between two variables does not imply that one is the cause of the other....   [tags: sophocles, king lear]

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Examining the Parallels Between Shakespeare's King Lear and Smiley's A Thousand Acres

- William Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ is thought to be one of his most powerful plays written. Many works have been inspired and adapted through the themes and messages of ‘King Lear’. An example of this would be, ‘A Thousand Acres’ written by Jane Smiley. Smiley’s ‘A Thousand Acre’s is Shakespeare’s work set in rural 1980s Iowa. The story has an interesting twist which is told by Goneril, who here is called Ginny. Ginny’s farmer is a stubborn farmer who unthinkingly decides to give his land to his three daughters....   [tags: Literary Comparison]

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The Consequences of King Lear's Failed Love Contest in the Play by William Shakespeare

- Lear’s lack of self-knowledge in the beginning of the play is of devastating consequences. In the first scene we see the strongest statement reflecting a lack of self-knowledge. In order to divide up his kingdom, with the biggest piece in the middle of it going to Cordelia, with her husband to be. King Lear thinks of a sophisticated plan. He arranges a public ‘contest of love’ between his daughters, and whomever declares to loves him most, gets the most land. Thinking, his favourite daughter Cordelia will declare to love him the most....   [tags: self-knowledge, land, support]

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A Comparison Between the Plots of King Lear and Much Ado about Nothing

- It is no revolutionary statement to say that William Shakespeare wrote some of the greatest plays of all time. This is accepted by everyone from high schoolers to experts as fact. But everyone is always wondering, what makes them great. Well, at the heart of every great Shakespeare play is a well written plot. But how can one man churn out all these plays he’s written, and still have new content in each one. Aren’t they all the same story to some extent. As Lindsay Smith writes, “Many Shakespeare plays, like most typical Renaissance plays, are divided into scenes and acts....   [tags: Compare Contrast]

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Wisdom in King Lear by William Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

- Wisdom is a very valued and respected trait in our society and is associated with the elderly. In both King Lear by William Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, the protagonists were able to acquire wisdom after undergoing trials and tribulations. However, both these men began their quest as completely different people, polar opposites even. Morrie always emphasized the value of family and love, while King Lear saw these as trivial pursuits which at best can be used to elevate his ego....   [tags: Tuesdays with Morrie]

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Mental Illness in Shakespeare's Works

- Throughout Shakespeare’s many works, mental illnesses have played an undeniable part in many of them, especially his tragedies. From Lady Macbeth hallucination of a bloody spot leading to her suicide, to Hamlet’s faked illness and Ophelia’s very real illness, afflictions of the mind are featured prominently in the Bard of Avalon’s many works. Still, in the Elizabethan era, understanding of mental illness was rudimentary at best, as were the methods of treating it. During the Middle Ages and Elizabethan Era, numerous theories about mental disorders and how to treat them abounded....   [tags: Hamlet, King Lear, McBeth]

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Comparison of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear

- Watching a play is completely different than watching a movie. When watching a movie there are two options, either watching it at home on the couch with a bag of chips, or going to a movie theatre with a bucket of popcorn. Why do we even waste two hours of our time to sit and watch a movie. Primarily, we do watch movies to waste time. When people get bored, we watch movies to pass the time. Well, before they could make movies, people would go watch a play which is an entirely different experience than going to a movie....   [tags: much ado about nothing, shakespeare]

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Comparing Shakespeare's King Lear with Henrick Ibsen's Doll House

- Women in most cultures have been designated as second to men and in some instances, considered below male children as well. With the passage of time women gained respect and the right for equality. Although gender discrimination remains, a lot of progress has been achieved. Literature is a one of the facets of the human race that reflects the culture change of people. William Shakespeare’s King Lear portrays the patriarchal system of the Renaissance era, which leaves women completely dependent on the male head of household....   [tags: story, gender subordination analysis]

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Loyal Characters Display of Love in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- Throughout King Lear by William Shakespeare, loyal characters, despite being mistreated and rejected, display authentic and ardent love to their madmen in order to restore justice, peace, and structure. Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favorite daughter, demonstrates genuine love to her insane and foolish father despite the fact she has banished and neglected for stating her honest feelings and intentions to her father. In Act 1, as King Lear is dividing up his grand kingdom, he gives the opportunity to his three daughters to profess their true love to him....   [tags: justice, peace, structure, love]

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Character’s Exploration in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and King Lear

- Character’s Exploration in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and King Lear "The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character." These lines from “Margaret Chase Smith” force us to think about what the actual test for morality is. Morality cannot be solely judged based on the deeds a person has committed, but when the person shows enough courage to stand against the mob and support the right. Both Richler and Shakespeare have stressed upon the character’s development throughout their storyline apparent in their works which helps readers create a strong bond with them until the end, although both Duddy Kravitz and...   [tags: wealth, status, power, morality]

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Dramatic Scene Illustrated in Shakespeare's King Lear - Storm Scene

- Shakespeare’s King Lear offers its audience an impossible number of dramatic and memorable scenes, but I have chosen the storm scenes in Act III Scenes 1, 2 and 4 as my key dramatic scenes. The storm provides a dramatic centre to the play. It is used to bring about change, to represent Lear’s inner unrest, to symbolise the power of nature and to expose the play’s characters under the intolerant conditions of thunder and lightning. The scenes in which the storm takes place are very different to those which precede and follow them....   [tags: literary techniques, scene analysis]

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Love, Friendship, Loyalty in William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear

- In William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) attempt to explore themes of love, friendship and loyalty in his plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600) and King Lear (1603-1606), there is distinct and constant portrayal of these themes classified of inconsistencies. It is crucial to understand that the historical context of Shakespeare’s writing is important in grasping a true understanding of the inconsistencies that exists in love, friendship and loyalty. Writing during the time of the renaissance, Shakespeare’s critical writing of such themes is of great importance in understanding the new socio-political framework of the early modern English times....   [tags: paternal, patriarchs, relations]

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Patriarchy and Gender Roles in King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Through his characters and characterization in both King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare sought not to reproduce the dominant ideas on patriarchy at the time, but rather to critique the ideology of patriarchy and the socio-political construction of male and female roles. “Be advised, fair maid. To you your father should be as a god, One that composed your beauties; yea, and one To whom you are but as a form in wax, By him imprinted, and within his power To leave the figure, or disfigure it.” - William Shakespeare....   [tags: Feminist Criticism]

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No Justice in King Lear by William Shakespeare and O.J. Simpson's Murder Trial

- In the excerpt from King Lear by William Shakespeare, Lear states that there is a relationship between one’s wealth and justice; where the richer are given more leniency when it comes to justice, while those who are not as wealthy receive less grace from the law. Lear argues that the wealthy are virtually above the law when tried for a crime, while the poor are unfairly tried and even receive the harshest of punishments. Though there have been many cases of many celebrities and million-dollar bigwigs being found guilty and lawfully punished, there have been many other cases where they do not receive proper justice and have been acquitted of the most heinous of crimes....   [tags: crimes, wealthy, guilty]

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Shakespeare's Plays: Questions and Answers

- 1. According to Braunmuller, Hamlet presents several “questions both common and insoluble.” Give an example, citing act, scene, and line numbers. Explain what is “common and insoluble” about the question. One of the most well known examples of a question that is both common and insoluble within Hamlet is “To be, or not to be” (III.1.56) where he is contemplating the value of life. This question is common as many people think about the reason for life and if they have a specific purpose or simply to explore the realities of life....   [tags: Hamlet, King Lear]

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Greed in King Lear, by William Shakespeare, and Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

- The play, The Tragedy Of King Lear, by William Shakespeare, and the story, Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, are very different in various ways, from the way the story was told to how the story was set. Despite how different the stories are there was one connection that particularly stood out to me, being the greed shared by most of the main characters in both stories. Goneril, Regan, and Edmund in King Lear and Robinson Crusoe in his own story, were looking to make their lives better and seek out money and power, despite what it may take....   [tags: play and story analysis and comparison]

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Shakespeare’s Use of Language in His Play, King Lear

- William Shakespeare is an outstanding pioneer of the English language in Early Modern English period between 1500 and 1700. Undeniably, he made a great contribution to the development of English language. His contribution is strongly related to Elizabethan English (Knowles, 1997). His literary works could reflect his language features and Early Modern English characteristics. King Lear selected in this essay is one of his famous tragedies. It was written by him between 1603 and 1608. This play revolves around king Lear and his three daughters....   [tags: linguistics, pronouns, syntax]

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Juxtaposing Goneril and Ginny from King Lear & A Thousand Acres

- Jane Smiley’s novel, A Thousand Acres, is a bold, modern day response paralleling William Shakespeare’s play, King Lear through both plot and characterization choices. King Lear is based on a King’s difficult decision of dividing his precious kingdom between his daughters, whose names are Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Likewise, A Thousand Acres centres around Larry Cook regretfully signing his land to his daughters Ginny, Rose, and Caroline. Both fathers make the mistake of leaving their youngest daughters out of the division, and are ultimately driven into insanity because of the drama that unfolds as a result....   [tags: Jane Smiley, William Shakespeare, Analysis]

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Comparing Lear and Gloucester in Shakespeare's King Lear

-      In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, there are several characters who do not see the reality of their situation. Two such characters are Lear and Gloucester. Both characters exhibit a blindness to the world around them. Lear does not see clearly the truth of his daughters mentions, while Gloucester is also blinded by Edmond's treachery. This failure to see reality leads to Lear's intellectual blindness, which is his insanity, and Gloucester's physical blindness that leads to his trusting tendencies....   [tags: Importance of Clear Vision]

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The Untruthfulness of Language

- ... He begs for forgiveness since he ruined his relationship with his son who actually cared for him over a lie and was now paying the price for it. “All Lear can perceive is his black and white view that the poetry of praise expresses love and venerability while truth appears most unkind.” (Sonewman) Lies and deception goes hand in hand with the theme of appearance vs reality. As said within the quote Lear sees things as black or white with no grey in the middle; he is right in his thinking in his life but is unable to perceive Van Den Elzen, 3 which is black and which is white; since Goneril and Reagan both appear to be loving and kind hearted....   [tags: Shakespeare's King Lear]

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King Lear as a Changed Character at the End of Shakespeare's Play

- King Lear as a Changed Character at the End of Shakespeare's Play Works Cited Missing King Lear was written in 1605-1606, the exact date is unknown. It was performed at the Globe theatre on 26 December 1606 and was first published in 1608. The play was written by William Shakespeare who has written 37 other plays for Elizabethan and Jacobean audiences. William Shakespeare wrote the play for King James 1. King James had sons in mind as heirs and not daughters and he might have thought it foolish and stupid to have daughters as heir to the throne as it is in king Lear....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Dominant and Feminist Readings of Shakespeare's King Lear

- Comparing the Dominant and Feminist Readings of King Lear      Shakespeare's King Lear has been the source of much contention as to the way in which the text can be read. The play originally was written for the Jacobean audience of Shakespeare's time, but since then has taken on many other readings. These new readings are produced to comment on issues in the society in which it is explored. Readings encompass a wide range of ideas - from the Dominant reading, the manner in which Shakespeare's audience would have perceived the text, to feminist ideals....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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A Closer Look at King Lear and His Statements

- A Closer Look at King Lear and His Statements King Lear is undoubtedly an extremely complex character, neither all good nor all bad. From the beginning of the play, it is not difficult for the audience to identify his severe misjudgement. King Lear has decided to retire and to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with his intention being to prevent future conflict. The decision seems rather unwise, as it could quite easily invite war between the heirs to the throne....   [tags: Papers]

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The Rise and Fall of an Exemplary Tragic Hero in King Lear

- In "King Lear" Shakespeare makes use of a subplot to emphasize the sufferings of the tragic hero, King Lear. The characters Lear and Gloucester are both of elevated status in society, and both plummet into a world of disorder and chaos as a result of their errors in judgement. Gloucester's initial error in judgement causes division among his family, whereas Lear's tragic flaw has an effect not only on his family, but as the king he disrupts the society as a whole. These flaws lead to the sufferings of Lear and Gloucester as both characters must suffer through the worst in order to see the truth of their predicaments....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Consequences of Decisions in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- The Consequences of Decisions in King Lear by William Shakespeare King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, who's decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but sinfully he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. This untimely abdication of his throne results in a chain reaction of events that send him through a journey of hell....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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Essay on William Shakespeare's Plagiarism of King Lear

- Shakespeare's Plagiarism of King Lear     In creating the tragedy play King Lear, William Shakespeare plagiarized many sources in getting the base-line story, but it required his genius and intellect to place them together to create the true tragedy with its multiple plot lines that his play turned out to be in the end. The story of King Lear (or as it started, King Leir) is first seen in literature in the year 1135, contained in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae. Other authors placed King Leir into their stories including; John Higgins in A Mirror for Magistrates (1574), by Warner in Albion's England (1586), by Holinshed in The Second Book of the Historie of England (1577)...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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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]

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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]

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Kingship and Leadership in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Kingship and Leadership in William Shakespeare's King Lear Jonathon Dollimore (1984) focuses on Lear’s identity throughout the play. ‘What makes Lear the person he is, is not kingly essence, but among other things, his authority and his family. As the play progresses Lear is forced to question his identity. “Does anyone hear know me?…Who is it that can tell me who I am?”. Dollimore believes King Lear is about power, poverty and inheritance. Shakespeare focuses on what happens when there is a ‘catastrophic redistribution of power’....   [tags: Papers]

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The Significance of Nature in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- The Significance of Nature in King Lear by William Shakespeare King Lear is a tragic playwritten by William Shakespeare. It is a play about the suffering of two families that are caught in a struggle of greed, lust, and cruelty which eventually results in extreme amounts of pain and destruction for all the characters. In King Lear, there is a circular relationship between the characters' behavior and nature. That is, the destruction of the two families results from human behavior breaking accepted laws of nature, and the disturbances in nature result from the disturbances in human behavior....   [tags: Papers]

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The Fool And Cordelia: Opposing Influences On King Lear

- Although the Fool and Cordelia are similarly candid towards their King, they never interact in Shakespeare’s King Lear, because the Fool is a chaotic influence while Cordelia is a stabilizing force. While the Fool and Cordelia both act in the Lear’s best interest, it is not always evident to Lear. The Fool’s actions often anger the King, and lead to an increase in his madness. On the other hand, Cordelia’s actions more often soothe Lear, and coax him back into sanity. Another commonality between the Fool and Cordelia is their honesty....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Concept of Absolute Monarchy in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- The Concept of Absolute Monarchy in King Lear by William Shakespeare The concept of absolute monarchy comes into existence during the early seventeenth century. For England at this time, the Tudor dynasty ends, while the Stuarts begin theirs. However, it is the latter dynasty that brings the concept into mainstream politics, because “early Stuart political discourse can indeed be read as containing defences of absolutism” (Burgess 19). James I is the first king of the Stuart line and the first to practice absolute monarchy....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear is a Christian Play About a Pagan World

- King Lear is a Christian Play About a Pagan World It is evident that King Lear contains references to both the Christian and Pagan doctrine. However, they seem to be expressed in entirely different styles. King Lear is purposefully set in a pre Christian era with numerous references to classical Gods but conversely there appears to be a striking resonance of Christian theology throughout the play. These echoes appear in various forms including the idea of Edgar being a Christ-like figure and also the presence of a supposed divine justice....   [tags: William Shakespeare Religion]

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King Lear And Hamlet: The Makings Of A Tragic Hero

- In William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, the plot is driven by the misguided and sometimes baseless decisions made by King Lear and the brutality of family members towards one another. Like many other Shakespeare tragedies, this play is a commentary on action versus inaction, which is also seen in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Hamlet is the prince of Denmark who is thrown into a tragic situation when his father is killed at the hand of his own brother, Hamlet's uncle Claudius. Both characters are riddled by family strife, the difficulty of running a nation, and dealing with the complex workings of their own mind....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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'the Excellent Foppery of the World': Skepticism in King Lear

- `The Excellent Foppery of the World': Skepticism in King Lear "As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods; / They kill us for their sport." (4.1.41-42) So bemoans the blinded and despondent Earl of Gloucester in King Lear. Whether his claim deserves merit, while intriguing, is far beyond the scope of this paper. What I do intend to explore, however, is whether Shakespeare's play supports or opposes these and other skeptical ideas. I will argue that King Lear strongly advocates a skeptical worldview, not just in regards to belief in theism, but in all areas....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Controversial Ending of King Lear by William Shakespeare

- The Controversial Ending of King Lear by William Shakespeare Few Shakespearean plays have caused the controversy that is found with King Lear’s ending scenes. Othello kills himself, Macbeth is executed, and of course in hamlet, everyone dies. Lear, however, is different from other Shakespearean classics. Is Lear mad or lucid. Is Cordelia really dead. Is Edmund’s delay explainable. What is the nature of the Lear world that occasioned all of this. How does Knight’s thesis relate to the ending. Critical commentary varies and appears exhaustive....   [tags: Papers]

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Madness as a Phase in William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Madness as a Phase in William Shakespeare's King Lear When Lear first realises the extent of General's ingratitude, he cries out, "O, let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven. Keep me in temper; I would not be mad!" (Act 1, Scene 5). It is at this point that Lear begins his downward spiral toward madness. Is madness not seeing things clearly. No. Not seeing things clearly is stupidity. Madness is beyond logic, no self knowledge, "Yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself" (Act 1, Scene 1) complete abandonment and no concept of right and wrong....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Comparing Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear

- Femininity in The Woman Warrior and King Lear         What is femininity. What role should women play in society. These are questions that humanity has faced ever since the first hunter-gatherer tribes developed. Gender roles, at least in the popular imagination, were clear; the men hunted for big game, the women picked nuts and berries. There were clear reasons for this - hunting required the brute muscular strength of the male, while gathering did not. But as humanity invented labor-saving devices, physical strength became less and less important to survival, while "mental strength" - strength of character - played an ever-increasing role....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Macbeth, King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing

- Macbeth, King Lear and Much Ado About No Shakespeare writes his plays to teach a moral story, of behavior and love. The three plays, King Lear, Much Ado About nothing, and Macbeth, the parents are very stubborn and their views are very narrow toward their children. The children know that they are treated poorly but love their parents although they have many faults in trust and love. Each play ends with a loving relationship because thoughts about one another is cleared up and they live happily ever after....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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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]

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Feminine Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and King Lear

- Feminine Evil in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and King Lear In Shakespeare's plays King Lear and Macbeth, evil is represented in both women and men. It is significant to the plots of both plays and to their impact through theme and character that evil actions are performed by women. The construction of evil female characters also gives insight into Shakespeare's view of women and their roles in society. The plot of King Lear is set in motion by the conversation between Lear and his daughters....   [tags: Papers]

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Free King Lear Essays: The Unaccommodated Man

- The Unaccommodated Man in King Lear In William Shakespeare's King Lear, betrayal is a common event that leads to the downfall of some of the characters. In today's society, there are two main attitudes that are generally taken towards these fallen individuals or unaccommodated men. The first attitude is more of a pessimistic, judgmental attitude. This attitude puts the majority of the blame on the individuals themselves. The individuals are portrayed as being responsible either due to ignorance or laziness, and it is thought that the individuals got themselves into their deprived situation and they can also find their way out....   [tags: free essay writer]

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Parent/Child Relationships in "Corialanus" and "King Lear"

- "As if man were author of himself/ and knew no other kin" "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child" (Act 1 Scene 4 lines 285-6) These lines spoken by the eponymous hero of Shakespeare's "King Lear", sum up the main theme of the play. Lear is a king nearing the end of his reign, who decides to split his kingdom between his three daughters. In this play Shakespeare presents us with a patriarchal family. It would appear that Lear raised his daughter alone, just as Volumnia raises her son, Coriolanus alone....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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