Shakespeare’s King Lear and Edgar Allen Poe’s Eldorado both present varying ideas of journeys, as characters in both texts come to realisations about their true natures, reflect on their past choices and gain a deeper understanding into personal relationships. This enables protagonists in both texts to change their perspectives as a result of their journeys.
A journey often sparks an individual’s self-realisation. In King Lear, when Edmund is close to death, he is finally aware of his despicable nature and attempts to redeem himself by revealing Cordelia and Lear’s location. When Edmund states “I pant for life. Some good I mean to do, Despite of mine own nature.”, he expresses his regret and recognises his shortcomings which is in vast contrast to earlier in the act when he is blindly power-hungry and seeks revenge for his mistreatment as a bastard son. Poe employs epiphany, when Edmund achieves self-realisation, finally recognising how cruel and self-motivated his true nature is. This is spurred on only when he is faced with imminent death. His attitude changes from one of vengefulness and self-righteousness to one of repentance, desiring redemption – in mere paragraphs. Likewise, In Eldorado, when nearing death the knight realises that his life of materialism and the long journey pursuing earthly riches has come to nothing. 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 jou...
... middle of paper ...
...bold’ knight is now elderly and he now faces an inner journey, at odds with himself as he laments over his failed quest. The use of ‘sunshine’ and ‘shadow’ in the first stanza makes the responder aware that the journey is tumultuous. This is particularly seen in his relationship with himself, which shifts yet again in the final stanza when he discovers his quest his elusive destination has not yet reached its completion.
Shakespeare’s King Lear and Edgar Allen Poe’s Eldorado both highlight that journeys often provide insights. Both texts present varying ideas of journeys, as characters in both texts come to realisations about their true natures, reflect on their past choices and gain a deeper understanding into personal relationships. In both texts characters come to realisations in their journeys that create a deep understanding of many aspects of their lives.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother and father where both actors, David and Elizabeth Arnold. They had financial difficulties, which soon caused the father to abandon the family. Poe's mother soon had another child; however, she was having physical conditions causing her death on December 8, 1811. Becoming orphans, both Poe and his sister were split up in family friend’s houses. Poe went to live with the Allan's. As Poe grew up he started having problems with his John Allan, his foster father, which caused future problems.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe]
938 words (2.7 pages)
- Edgar Allen Poe and His Work Outline I. Introductory Paragraph I.1. Thesis statement I.2. High points II. First Paragraph II.1. Brief history of life III. Second Paragraph III.1. Edgar's Writing Style III.2. Examples IV. Specific poems and short stories IV.1. Examples V. Conclusion Paragraph V.1. Restating thesis statement V.2. Restating high points of the paper Edgar Allen Poe was one of the great writers of this world. He created several poems and short stories of a dark and dreary setting.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe]
1495 words (4.3 pages)
- Edgar Allen Poe and Humor Edgar Allen Poe is most often recognized, and certainly most famous, for his poem “The Raven” as well as other decidedly dark and often gothic poems and stories, stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Telltale Heart” “The Cask of Amontillado.” He also wrote many others mostly involving rather macabre, dark topics and characters as well as heavy themes such as insanity, madness, incest, murder and revenge. While this reputation is certainly well earned there is another side of Poe that is not quite so obvious.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Humorous Essays]
1916 words (5.5 pages)
- Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven Creating the Melancholic Tone in “The Raven” Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven," representing Poe’s own introverted crisis of hell, is unusually moving and attractive to the reader. In his essay entitled "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe reveals his purpose in writing “The Raven” and also describes the work of composing the poem as being carefully calculated in all aspects. Of all melancholy topics, Poe wished to use the one that was universally understood, death; specifically death involving a beautiful woman.... [tags: Allen Poe Edgar Raven Essays]
1150 words (3.3 pages)
- The Conqueror Worm To understand the type of worm referred to in "The Conqueror Worm," by Edgar Allen Poe, we must first analyze the poem. It is actually a play for the muses: That the play is the tragedy "Man" And its hero the Conqueror Worm The everyday death of man is a show for the angels. Our hero worm represents death and people are the actors. The worm of death is from the Phylum Nematoda. Many roundworms cause diseases in humans, which can lead to death. I have, however, reason to believe this is actually the blood fluke, Schistosoma of the Class Trematoda in Phylum Platyhelminthes.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe]
290 words (0.8 pages)
- Beauty and the Divine in Edgar Allen Poe's To Helen To Helen presents beauty as necessary for apprehending the divine. Poe celebrates beauty, specifically the beauty of a women, as represented by two women known for beauty in Greek legend (Helen of Troy and Psyche). Helen's beauty escorts him to Hellenistic culture and values, which brings him to Psyche, who illuminates the divine. To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe Helen, thy beauty is to me Like those Nicean barks of yore, That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, The weary, way-worn wanderer bore To his own native shore On desperate seas long wont to roam, Thy hyacinth hair, thy classic face, The Naiad airs have brought me home To the glory that was... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Helen poetry essays]
1361 words (3.9 pages)
- Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allen Poe's brings us a twisted tale of vengeance and horror in "The Cask of Amontillado." Poe's character, Montresor, acts as our guide and narrator through this story. He grabs a hold of the reader as he tells the story from his own apathetic and deceptive mind to gain vengeance from the weak and dismal Fortunato. Montresor's mentality is disturbing as he uses his clever, humor, ironic symbolism, and darkness to accomplish this. At the beginning of the story, Montresor tells us that he has vowed vengeance on Fortunato.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Cask Amontillado]
968 words (2.8 pages)
- Use of Symbols and Symbolism in Edgar Allen Poe's “The Raven” Literature would not be the same if the author didn’t take symbolism into account while writing the piece. One of the world’s best writer’s, Edgar Allen Poe, is a superb example of this representation that has intrigued mankind for centuries. Poe uses various forms of symbolism to play off the emotions of his readers. Using elements of nature, dread, superstition, and legend, Poe can create a world of trepidation in the minds of the readers; his poems and stories would not be the same without these elements.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe The Raven]
687 words (2 pages)
- The short story writer which I have chosen to research is Edgar Allen Poe. After reading one of his works in class, I realized that his mysterious style of writing greatly appealed to me. Although many critics have different views on Poe's writing style, I think that Harold Bloom summed it up best when he said, Poe has an uncanny talent for exposing our common nightmares and hysteria lurking beneath our carefully structured lives. ( 7) For me, this is done through his use of setting and narrative style.... [tags: Edgar Allen Poe Research Paper]
1117 words (3.2 pages)
- Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe's life was bombarded with misery, financial problems, and death but he still managed to become a world-renowned writer. Although he attended the most prestigious of schools he was often looked over as a writer and poet during his career. His stories were odd and misunderstood during their time. However, now they are loved a read by millions. On January 19, 1809 Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts at a lodging house. His parents David and Elizabeth Poe were professional actors who toured with a theatrical company.... [tags: Biography Biographies Edgar Allen Poe Essays]
1640 words (4.7 pages)