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    madness. In the beginning, Lear displays one of his most lethal flaws and starts to reveal signs of madness in the play. Cordelia tells Lear how she feels about him. Lear does not like what he hears and refuses to keep her in his kingdom.“Good my lord, / You have begot me, bred me, loved me /....Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters, / To love my father all.” (1.1.94-104) Cordelia explains that she will always be there for Lear, and that she loves him as any daughter should love their father. Lear

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    Symbolism In Paul's Case

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    Hall, admires the Schenley, and walks home, it is raining -- “The moment he turned into Cordelia Street he felt the waters close about his head.” (238) Here, the water of the rain symbolize reality, as it entraps him in his reality, with him unable to escape. This symbol is further developed when Paul is in New York, and discovers that his father had found him out. He realizes that”...the tepid waters of Cordelia

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    Where can the line be drawn between sanity and madness? Is extreme human suffering the catalyst that leads humans to become something entirely animal like, beastly even? William Shakespeare explores these questions in his famed tragedy, King Lear. The play is centered around King Lear, the tragic hero of the narrative, and his descent into madness. Shakespeare repeatedly uses animal imagery throughout the play to communicate the idea that humans, in the midst of extreme emotions, have the potential

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    Lessons in King Lear by William Shakespeare

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    Lessons in King Lear by William Shakespeare Satisfying, hopeful, and redemptive: some critics would say that these adjectives belong nowhere near a description of King Lear. One critic, Thomas Roche, even states that the play’s ending is “as bleak and unrewarding as man can reach outside the gates of hell” (164). Certainly, Roche’s pessimistic interpretation has merit; after all, Lear has seen nearly everyone he once cared for die before dying himself. Although this aspect of the play is true

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    must face many adverse consequences, such as losing his identity, self-worth, and respect from his daughters. Many connections between the fool and Cordelia, Kent and Poor Tom are evident, mainly because they all remain true to the King throughout the entire play. Also, all four of them are not rewarded for their loyalty in the beginning and Cordelia and Kent are both "banished" from the kingdom by Lear. These four are the true selfless characters in the play, all a source virtue that the other

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    How Women Are Portrayed Within Macbeth

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    William Shakespeare has many interesting female characters throughout all of his different types of works. Some of his women are leading ladies while others are just supporting characters that help move the story along. No matter the depth of the characters’ role, each lady gives some type of unthinkable personality trait that would be unique to women during Shakespeare’s time. Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear all have female characters that portray women who wouldn’t be seen during the time of William

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    authority but lacked the qualities to use this power responsibility like Lear and Gloucester, suffered as a result but in the end they were aware of the error of their ways but realised only too late their mistakes. Characters such as Regan and Cordelia who tried too hard to gain power which they were naturally unworthy of also suffered because of their actions. Their desire to gain the responsibilities of king was so big that they eventually turned against each other, ultimately leading to

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    The importance of self-knowledge and forgiveness is strikingly obvious in the play King Lear. If we accept that the two characters most lacking in self-knowledge are Lear and Gloucester, we can examine how the importance of this quality for them is shown in the play. Whilst these two characters lack self-knowledge, the world around them quickly deteriorates. As a result of their lack of insight, evil is given space to breed and take over, and Lear and Gloucester are forced to suffer as “love cools

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    Shakespeare's Tragedies

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    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:/ Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer/ The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune/ Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,/ And by opposing end them?” (Hamlet, III, i, 58-62). William Shakespeare penned these powerful words relating suicide and suffering. These themes are dark and somber, but the speech remains one of the most recognizable soliloquies in theatrical work. To be able to compose such compelling monologue, the great playwright experienced

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    Hello everyone! I am Muhes Ariyaratnam and this is speech on coping with adversity. Everyone faces adversities big or small. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and Steve Jobs was kicked out of his own company. They went on to have very successful careers in their respective fields. Two of the greatest humans faced adversity. Similarly the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel and the play King Lear by William Shakespeare contain the same theme of coping with adversity. In both

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