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The Universal Truths of King Lear Edgar: O, matter and impertinency mixed, Reason in madness! (4.6.192-93) Reason in madness, truth in anguish, and sight in blindness all include the identical basic meaning. In order to discover and recognize our real selves and the fact, we must suffer. These several themes are always illustrated throughout Shakespeare's King Lear. Their effects aren't solely believed by Lear and Gloucester. All really "good" characters from the drama have to, in some way, suffer till they could gain wisdom and accuracy. Some personalities are made to endure more, some less. The myths and wisdom attained are what give the play its own material. These truths are universal. The "great" characters represent everybody with their as they gain understanding from suffering. Lear, is your personality most clearly made to suffer. At the beginning of the play, the Lear is unable to see the goodness in his daughter Cordelia. He's so greedy that when Cordelia explains her love for him is that of a girl for her father, he becomes enraged. He wants to hear that she loves him more than she could love anybody, ever. Cordelia: Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: Obey you, love you, and most honor you...... That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and responsibility. Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters, To love my father all. (1.1.105-15) Cordelia's plight is only one of the many truths Lear is unable to see. Since he's now king, h.. .