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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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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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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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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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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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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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King Lear

- 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 & 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Life Of Pi By Yann Martel And The Play King Lear By William Shakespeare

- ... In some such way, he would conclude our relationship. He did nothing of the sort. He only looked fixedly into the jungle. Then Richard Parker, companion of my torment, awful, fierce thing that kept me alive, moved forward and disappeared forever from my life” (Martel 316). Richard Parker was Pi’s only companion on the boat for a while. Pi has been through difficult times with Richard Parker. The loss of such a dear animal hurts him. Pi “wept like a child” (Martel 316). Loss of Pi’s loved ones is one of the main adversities in Life of Pi....   [tags: Yann Martel, Life of Pi, Canada Reads]

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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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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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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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William Shakespeare 's King Lear And Edgar Allen Poe

- ... As shown the last stanza “Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride, “The shade replied "If you seek for Eldorado!", the knight is on his deathbed and seeks the advice of a ‘pilgrim shadow’, who advises him to continue his search after death. Poe utilises allegory as the journey to Eldorado can symbolise the search for fulfilment rather than simply earthly riches. The knight comes to the realisation that his materialism and his driving desire for wealth took over his life and lead him nowhere, whereas the pursuit of knowledge could lead to true fulfilment, a search that never ends....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Lear’s Character

- William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Lear’s Character In the first part of Lear’s speech, he admits that it is unnecessary to have all his men around him, but as hey says “; our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous:”, The tone of this speech are very telling that Lear is in great distress, his two daughters are unmoved and are impervious to the evident agonising final speech Lear makes in the scene. The two women are expert manipulators and play off each other to break down their father, they’re cool control over the situation is a direct contrast to Lear at the particular time....   [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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Comparing the Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear

- The Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear        Through comedy and tragedy Shakespeare reveals the vast expanses and profound depths of the character of life. For him they are not separate worlds of drama and romance, but poles of a continuum. The distinction between tragedy and comedy is called in question when we turn to Shakespeare. Though the characters differ in stature and power, and the events vary in weight and significance, the movements of life in all Shakespeare's plays are governed by the same universal principles which move events in our own lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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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'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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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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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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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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Christian Vs Nihilist interpretations of King Lear

- Christian Versus a Nihilist Interpretation of King Lear Traditional, orthodox or dominant views are opposed by resistant, variant, dissident, divergent, subversive, aberrant or niche ones. King Lear arouses dialectical or polemic interpretations because it, like most of Shakespeare’s tragedies is a problematic play raising complex questions without providing neat pat solutions. Until 1962, the play was presented in either the sanitised and now totally discredited Nahum Tate’s version with a fairy tale "everyone lived happily ever after" ending or a traditional Aristotelian interpretation attempting to engender audience empathy, identification, "arousing pity and fear", leading to the pur...   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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A Comparison of Pride in King Lear and The Duchess of Malfi

- The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess of Malfi   In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical race, that of humility and forgiveness....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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King Lear Essay Lear?s descent into madness and his subsequent recognition of his faults

- In the play King Lear, Madness occupies a central place and is associated with both disorder and insanity. Madness intertwines itself within the thoughts of suicide of many characters that undergo hardships. It is deep within all the characters and is shown in many ways. In Lear’s mind, madness reflects the chaos that has descended upon his kingdom. He is affected by the wheel of fortune as he is stripped of his royalty, to become nothing more than a mad commoner. Lear then learns humility as he is joined by Edgar....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy

- A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy First of all I would like to say that the Swan theatre in Stratford was excellent. The three levels were used excellently, people were walking on all the three levels, arguing with each other, and making announcements, people were talking from the different floors and moving on all the different levels, but somehow through some great timing it never became confusing, it was a feature that could have confused the audience but it was executed well....   [tags: Papers]

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Villains, Sin, and Sex in Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear

- Villains, Sin, and Sex in Othello and King Lear    Many of Shakespeare plays are littered with crude and graphic sexual references, jests, and insults. But there is one type of character present throughout Shakespeare's plays that twist the sexual imagery and repartee, and that is the villain. There is a deeply rooted combination between sex and evil.  This essay will develop this idea in depth by focusing on Iago of Othello and Edmund of King Lear.     Iago is probably viewed as one of Shakespeare's greatest villains....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear

- The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear similarly experience an "unhooking" (Tompkins) in the eponymous plays. These tragic figures struggle with internal and external femininity: after realizing their emotions and labeling them feminine, they identify women as the source of this negative femininity. Their inability to deal with the female gender in any form destabilizes their masculinity, causing an unhooking/unlatching within them....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare One can say that the sub plot does mirror the main plot to some extent. Some are in subtle ways and some are in the more obvious ways. Shakespeare has two plots in order to intensify the main theme of tragedy that runs throughout this play. The main plot is in which King Lear is the tragic hero however it is clear that just by misfortune he is deprived of something very valuable to him by error of judgment and this is immediately highlighted in the first scene of Act one where he goes through a rapid transition of loving to hating his only truly loyal daughter Cordelia....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres is a modern version of William Shakespeare's King Lear.  The tragic ideas brought out by King Lear are revisited in A Thousand Acres both containing universal themes in which societies from past to present can identify with.  Tragedy is a form of drama that depicts the suffering of a heroic individual who is often overcome by the very obstacles he is struggling to remove.  The novel and play each contain distinct tragic elements that lead to the development of similar characters, plot, and images but both have distinct themes.  A Thousand Acres provides a new interpretation of...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear

- A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear Introduction ============ Throughout ‘King Lear’, Shakespeare uses the play’s characters to make judgements on society using blindness as a metaphor that runs through the play. He does this in a number of ways portraying characters that can be fooled by others’ flattery, or are easily manipulated or deceived, or simply have a lack of wisdom. As well as the horrific physical blinding of Gloucester, blindness is used as a metaphor for characters’ lack of insight, moral blindness, and a lack of perception into other’s needs and interests....   [tags: Papers]

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Comapring Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres

- Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres     The bond between a father and a daughter stands as one of the strongest emotional bonds present within many families. From the moment their little girls emerge from the womb to the moment their young women marry, the father reigns as the head of the household, the controller, and the protector. Though this rings true for many families, sometimes Daddy's little girls make all the rules. They possess the ability to acquire what they want through their incessant whining, crying, and batting of their eyelashes....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear The opening scenes to the play establish the main characters well for the duration of the play. There are two main plots, which involve most of the main characters. The main plot consists of King Lear dividing his kingdom up between his three daughters, Gonerill Regan and Cordelia. However one, Cordelia, does not receive any land. The plot then entails the aftermath and the problems that follow such a mix up....   [tags: Papers]

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The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear

- The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear In a play of immense grandeur, Shakespeare has created within King Lear; a character so depraved that he appears to step beyond the realms of forgiveness. Act 1ii is the keystone of King Lear - its significance and influence radiates throughout the whole of the play. Interwoven with and parallel to the central story line, the subplot is used to enhance and develop the key themes of this tragic masterpiece. The scene also begins the plot to crack the ‘bond…‘twixt son and father’....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear: A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning?

- King Lear&#8212;A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning. A King is supposed to have all that he needs without having to worry about anything in his late years. Yet King Lear, in Act 3, Scene 2, cried out in pitifully: &#8220;I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.'; Although Lear has made a huge mistake in the first scene of the play in dividing up his kingdom and banishing his two dearest people, the sins his two other ungrateful daughters have done him is far greater than the extent of Lear&#8217;s wrongs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character

- King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character Shakespeare lays out the fate of all the characters in Ling Lear within the first scene of the play, leaving no doubt in the audience's mind that a terrible mistake is taking place, because of the way other characters react, Kent for example. Ironically the king states his wish "that future strife be prevented" by his division of the kingdom between his three daughters on declarations of their love....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms

- Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms           Over the course of time, many things tend to transform significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles' writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus Rex. King Lear exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis, whereas Desire Under The Elms epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that the lower the social status of the tragic hero, the weaker the ability of the 1990's audience to identify with the character's flaw....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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