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    Shakespeare’s King Lear

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    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

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    macbeth

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    action is difficult, and excites the keenest interest. In neither play, as in Othello and King Lear, is painful pathos one of the main effects. Evil, again, though it shows in Macbeth a prodigious energy, is not the icy or stony inhumanity of lago or Goneril; and, as in Hamlet, it is pursued by remorse. Finally, Shakespeare no longer restricts the action to purely human agencies, as in the two preceding tragedies; portents once more fill the heavens, ghosts rise from their graves, an unearthly light flickers

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    William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, writer and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwrights of all time in the world. No other writer’s plays, such as Macbethand Romeo and Juliet, have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. He is generally considered to be both the greatest dramatist in the world, and the best poet who has written in the English language. Many

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    Analyzing King Lear's Tragic Flaws

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    for King Lear’s pride, Cordelia replies to his inquisition by saying, “I love your majesty/According to my bond and nothing less';(1.1.100-101). Out of pride and anger, Lear banishes Cordelia and splits the kingdom in half to the two evil sisters, Goneril and Regan. This tragic flaw prevents King Lear from seeing the truth because his arrogance overrides his judgement. Lear’s arrogance also causes him to lose his most faithful servan...

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    thou hadst been wise.2 The Fool loves Lear as much as anyone in the play, save for his youngest daughter Cordelia.  The Fool knows Lear's only mistake is not accepting Cordelia's expression of love.  Once he has divided his kingdom between Goneril and Regan it is too late for any advice to Lear to resolve the matter.  The Fool tries to get Lear to understand what a dupe and bungler he has been, but Lear cannot see himself as the portrait the Fool paints.  Lear needs nothing more than himself;

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    appreciate the imagination which went into the creation of this tragedy, let's first delve into what is putatively Shakespeare's most complex tragedy, King Lear. Lear has three daughters: Cordelia, who is faithful and unappreciated by Lear, and Regan and Goneril who receive everything at his hands and betray him. These themes of misplaced love and filial betrayal are mirrored in the subplot of the play, the relationship between the Earl of Gloster and his two sons, Edmund, who is supported and approved by

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    King Lear and Madness in the Renaissance

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    King Lear and Madness in the Renaissance It has been demonstrated that Shakespeare's portrayal of madness parallels Bright's A Treatise of Melancholie (Wilson 309-20), yet, the medical model alone is insufficient to describe the madness of Shakespeare’ s King Lear. Shakespeare was not limited to a single book in his understanding of madness; he had at his disposal the sum total of his society's understanding of the issue. Since Lear's madness is derived from a mixture of sources, it can only

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    of his throne which acts as a trigger for the eldest daughters. They share the motives of ambition and greed in their quest to rule all of England which is made infinitely easier once their youngest sister, Cordelia, is banished by their father. Goneril and Regan are initially established as a single entity and, therefore, a single evil as Regan confirms early in the play when she declares: Sir, I am made Of the self-same mettle that my sister is, And prize me at her worth (1.1.67-69). They rely

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    Actions of Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear Whenever the issue of power allocation arises, there usually emerge a few individuals who, given only a moderate amount of authority, overstep their bounds to exert more dominance than they rightfully own; such is the case with Goneril. Yet, although Goneril certainly errs in betraying the very father that bestowed a large dominion upon her, King Lear deserves much of the blame for Goneril's haughtiness. After grossly misinterpreting the reticence

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    Trace the growing tyranny of the villainous characters in this act and the increasing importance played by the virtuous characters in the play. The play's villainous characters, predominantly Goneril and Regan, have shown an upsurge in cruelty and vengeance throughout Act 4, whereas moral characters such as Edgar, Cordelia and Albany have simultaneously become increasingly honorable and righteous in their actions. Act 4 presents immense drama and tension through the fued between the forces of good

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