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    Michael Vu Mrs. Soukup – Block 1 AP English Literature & Composition April 11th, 2014 2005, Form B AP Literature Essay for King Lear William Shakespeare devised Edmund as an ambitious character that seeks power over others within his tragedy King Lear. Tainted by his illegitimacy, Edmund must rise to power through his own capabilities and intellect rather than inheritance. However, his drive for power leads him toward corruption as he commits treachery to both his father and brother. Shakespeare

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

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    Shakespeare's King Lear William Shakespeare's King Lear had downfalls in character which later on caused him to suffer extreme consequences. if anyone knows the true meaning of suffering it is King Lear. King Lear's downfalls are his pride, selfishness, and blindness to truth. Pride as one of Lear's first downfalls, in the beginning Lear disowns his lovely daughter Cordelia, because Lear is to blind to realize that cordelia loves her father for who he is and NOT what he has in his possession

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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

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    Redemption In King Lear

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    Shakespeare’s plays, the inspiration for King Lear came from several different works and myths that existed during Shakespeare’s life. Though not a wholly original story, King Lear still remains one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies for its enduring themes involving speaking, mortality, and family. Shakespeare stresses these themes by mirroring the main plot surrounding Lear’s family with the sub-plot of Gloucester and his sons. The fall of characters in King Lear presents audiences with the frailty

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    Sinless King Lear ?

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    When one contemplates the essence of being a king, one imagines that a king would never want for anything and that his later years would be carefree.  In reading King Lear, one sees a seamier side of life for a particular king.  Lear draws the audience’s attention to this in Act 3 when he cries out pitifully, “I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.”    Although Lear undoubtedly made a huge mistake when he divided his kingdom and banished two people who were very dear to him.  However, the

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    Shakespeare’s play King Lear, Lear is not in his right mind from the beginning of the play. Being in the “right mind”, signifies being in a state/position which is level-headed, with the ability to make sensible decisions, and abide by personal morals and values. King Lear's test of love to his daughters proves that he values appearance above reality. The result of his impulsiveness is the banishment of Cordelia; whose virtuous nature is shown through her reply to the King. “Good my lord,/You

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    King Lear

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

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    Archetypes In King Lear

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    trickster may very well appear to be minor character in a story. The most famous character is the Fool in Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. The Fool character actually is very wise and street smart. In fact, it takes a fair amount of studying to enhance his wisdom which helps him come up with a series of riddles, puns, and puzzles. The Fool is not the cause of capturing King Lear yet is viewed as the wisest character in the play. In some stories, the trickster can also be someone who causes trouble for

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    King Lear

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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

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