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Suffering In Shakespeare's Plays How does suffering affect one's action? Do different kinds of suffering affect one in different ways? This paper seeks to ascertain how William Shakespeare's character's respond to various kinds of suffering. Suffering could be defined in two ways; bodily distress, in which the character is related to physical pain and injury, and psychological suffering, in which the character suffers a psychological injury or loss. From The Tempest, the physically traumatized characters, are Trinculo and Stephano. They're chased by dogs but their bodily trauma hasn't induced any sign of guilt or remorse. Ferdinand, on the other hand, is overcome by emotional suffering at the "loss" of his own son. In King Lear, Lear is plagued emotionally. He believes that he has lost the love of his favourite daughter Cordelia, and he feels the unpleasant hatred of his two wicked daughters. In the ending of the play, his sanity is restored but he's suffered tremendously in an emotional manner at the hands of Regan and Goneril. In Othello, Brabantio goes through emotional suffering when he has to succumb to his daughter's wishes. Desdemona goes through psychological suffering when she's enticed by Othello of cheating on him when he is convinced of the by Iago. From The Tempest, the subject of purification through suffering can clearly be observed. Prospero, in his long exile from Milan, has more than attoned for whatever mistake he may have made while he ruled. Ferdinand must suffer through Prospero's hardships and laborious tests before he can win Miranda's hand. Most significantly, Alonso must experience the anguish that Prospero has designed for him he is forgiven. Prospero, who's the actual Duke of Milan was overthrown 12 years before by his younger brother Antonio. Prospero was driven out of the island along with his daughter Miranda; the two were cast out to sea. His anguish has occured in a bodily and a non-physical way, he is deeply hurt from losing his kingdom and from being cast out to perish. Despite this, he's generous in forgiving. He is not only in management of those around him but he punishes the guilty and demands repentance. When Ferdinand matches Miranda, they instantly fall in love with one another. "I might call him...a thing divine; for nothing natural...I ever saw so noble" ( Tempest, I, ii, 417-419). He's ideal for h.. .