Character Growth Of King Lear

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Preema Hamid
ENG 338
Professor Prescott
March 29, 2018
King Lear’s Character Growth
Shakespeare’s King Lear is a complex play that complicates morality with foolishness, as well as associates madness with wisdom. It is about political authority as much as it is about family dynamics. William Shakespeare, known for his clever wordplay, wrote this play so that King Lear 's wisest characters are depicted as making foolish decisions. Lear, the King of Britain, is an authoritative and important man. As he gets closer to retiring, he realizes that he needs to pass his kingdom over to the next generation. He proceeds to ignore the natural order of family legacy by deciding to divide his kingdom between his three daughters before his death. He wants to relish the power of still being king without any of the responsibility. Lear is easily persuaded by the sugar-coated flattery from his two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan. He does not appreciate the blunt honesty of his youngest daughter Cordelia, who truly loves and cares for her father. He banishes Cordelia from the kingdom; this is when King Lear’s downfall begins. In this paper, I will discuss how the following events in this tragic play can help us to analyze the character growth of King Lear. It is important for us to recognize the flaws and weaknesses of Lear’s personality to see how his actions and decisions led to his ruin. However, although he faces the misfortune of losing the things that he cherished the most, he also
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