King Lear Research Paper

1682 Words7 Pages
King Lear Essay: Suffering (AND NEW TITLE and title page ) (EDIT THE TENSE OF THE ESSAY : PAST) (Check all quotes to make sure their the correct lines) Hero is able to suffer but with courage 'King Lear' is known to be one of the finest of Shakespeare's tragedies. Various themes are present throughout the play, including rash decisions, blindness, flattery, loyalty, betrayal, and unconditional love. However, one of the most significant theme throughout the play is the theme of suffering. The suffering of characters in King Lear was intense, violent and merciless. King Lear was driven beyond the limits of endurance. Through the course of the play, King Lear went through a process of attaining self-knowledge, or true vision of himself and the world around him. As Lear's heart broke, his mind was able see what was right in front of him. Tormenting feelings of guilt and remorse, shame and unkindness haunted him until he was able to realize his mistakes. By suffering through the loss of his title as king,…show more content…
On being denied the love and care from his two thankless daughters, at first Lear was relentless in his hostile raves against them, calling them “wicked creatures” and “unnatural hags,” swearing “such revenges on [them] both.” Lear at this point loses the kingly identity which he previously had. Shortly after Lear gives up his title as King, Goneril began to undermine Lear’s authority, stripping away not only his power, clothes and shelter, but also stripping of his ego and his bad qualities. Goneril and Regan's actions of betrayal force Lear into questioning himself exclaiming, “Who is it that can tell me who I am.”Although his fool replies, “Lear’s shadow,” . Gradually, he realizes that he’s human, and others are too: “Take phyisic, pomp, Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, that thou mayst shake the superflux to them And show the heavens more just;” (3.4,

More about King Lear Research Paper

Open Document