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Insanity and the Necessity of Madness in King Lear Essay

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The Necessity of Madness in King Lear At the beginning of "King Lear," an authoritative and deliberate protagonist overlooks his courtroom, which makes a fateful decision by rewarding his 2 reckless daughters and banishing his faithful one in a bid to preserve his personal pride. But it will become evident during the course of this catastrophe that this protagonist, Lear, uses his power only as a means of projecting a persona, he hides behind as he struggles to keep confidence in himself. This presents a issue, because the crowd is prevented from feeling empathy to the king. Shakespeare's ironic solution would be to allow Lear's advancing insanity to be paired with his comprehension of truth, thereby forcing Lear to shed his persona, and concurrently persuading the audience that Lear is worthy of shame. Lear is originally absorbed by what Burton would refer to as the human appetite,[1] and exhibits traits indicative of someone dominated from the choleric comedy: he's prideful, yearns for power, and also bullies others when he does not get his way. After Cordelia won't dote on him at the first scene, he moves into a fit of anger: Let it be so; the truth then be thy dower Here I disclaim all my paternal care, Propinquity and property of blood, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee from this for ever. (I, I, 110-118) [2] Lear's fury, however, only pushes the fact that he's a really very needy individual, absorbed by an insatiable appetite for power and attention. As Bloom states, "Lear consistently requires more love than could be awarded." [3] Lear proves this to be accurate when he repeatedly rejects those who love him most, banishing both Cordelia and Kent, who'd shield him away from his other two brothers' impending betrayal. D.. .

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