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King Lear, by Shakespeare Essay

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It's frequently said "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," and Shakespeare himself appears to agree with this old adage. In his tragedy King Lear he has a number of the most important characters go through an experience that takes them far out of the comfort zone to change them for the better. During King Lear Shakespeare indicates that man cannot be morally powerful without over coming discomfort. At the start of the play King Lear is an old, foolish man. He is blind to the traitors all round him. Though he physically can see, he is blind to his elder two brothers' treacherous lies in their undying love for him. He is also blind to this reality. He considers his adviser Kent and youngest daughter Cordelia are all liars, when in fact they're the people that are telling him the truth. He banishes the two people who he must have held nearest telling Kent, "Turn thy hated back/ Upon our kingdom" (1.1.189-190) and Cordelia Here I disclaim all my paternal care, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee, from this, for ever. (1.1.119-122) To understand the err of his ways he has to pay the price of his folly. He is kicked out of Goneril and Regan's lands and left to endure in the storm. He's hit rock bottom at this point, calling upon nature to "Singe [his] white head!" (3.2.6) and kill him to take him out of his misery. Since James L. Rosier states in his essay The Lex Aeterna and "King Lear", "Since the strain on Lear grows and he tragically moves towards a span of despair, he recognizes in the complete the inner forces of his downfall." As Lear travels throughout the wilderness he understands how ungrateful he's been for the luxuries existence has given him. After having found shelter for the night by the storm he realiz...

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