Comparing King Lear And Mitch Albom's Tuesday With Morrie

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Obtaining knowledge is often a product of a painful experience and suffering, that one can achieve various degress of wisdom from. In the play 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare and the memior 'Tuesday with Morrie' by Mitch Albom, the protagonists of these works, King Lear and Morrie underwent extreme mental distress in life, through these trials they were able to gain insight and learn new intenctions about life. Both men, unlike the other, both had different views and took different acts in dealing with death, love, family and loving life. King Lear fashions a very negitive and self-import lifestyle, while Morrie's was positive and sentimental. During the beginning acts of Kind Lear, Lear selfishly demanded his three duaghters to profess…show more content…
King Lear's powerful stance as king over a whole kingdom made him arrogant and self-absorbed. He disinherited Cordelia and banished Kent. Lear allowed his pride as king to influence his decisions. These actions had consequences in which he was betrayed and banished by his two daughters. While suffering, Lear underwent a state of madness, rejection and loneliness. He then experienced an epiphany and realized all he had done wrong. This formed when he says, 'Pray, do not mock me: / I am a very foolosh fond old man, / I fear I am not in my perfect mind. / Yet I am doubtful for I am mainly ignorant / Do not laugh at me; / For, as I am a man, I think this lady / To be my child Cordelia' (IV v 59-69) 'No, no, no, no! Come, lets away to prison, / We two alone will sing like birds in the cage'(V iii 8-9). Lear seeks forgiveness for his wrong doings and adopts new ideals on life. Even thought they were to be in prison, King Lear wanted to reconnect with Cordelia and share in her comfornt till the end. Morrie's outlook on life was always a positive one. Morrie rejected popular culture and adaopted self-created culture and values. Morrie teaches his way of how to live life to Mitch by saying, 'So many people walk around with a meaningful life. They seem half asleep, even though they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that will give you purpose and meaning."(Morrie 43) Morrie created and lived by his own culture centered on love, approval and communication. Following this way of life allowed Morrie to live a fulfilled life with meaning and purpose and cherished each intraction to

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