Corruption In King Lear

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Development of corruption morally challenges the protagonist and results in the inevitable falling ‘victim’ to the provoking surrounding forces of evil. The representation of universal notions in Shakespeare’s, ‘King Lear’ demonstrates the interactions and psychological behaviours possessed by humanity as Lear rationalises suffering as an achievement of redemption. Lear’s self-pity proclamation of his own misfortune ‘doomed’ upon him in Act III resulted from his essential failure - his fatal flaw. The consequences from his metaphorical blindness and inability to distinguish between appearance and reality whilst claiming he is ‘a man more sinned against than sinning,’ allowed a perfect opportunity for the surrounding ‘forces of evil’ to easily oppose his regime; hence, the following downfall of the tragic hero. Projection of this flaw from his actions prompts the underestimation of humanity and capability of ambition subsequent to the denial of traditional roles causing disturbance to the ‘natural world’. Ian Johnston’s, ‘Forces of Evil’, critically presents the…show more content…
Due to Lear’s inadequacy of flattery from the daughters’ in Act I, their familial love equivalents with materialism. The unveil of the fatal flaw creates a ultimate opportunity for the treacherous sisters’ intentions to focus in the dethroning of their father’s position of supremacy, Lear’s flaw, blindness and prioritising self-esteem causes him to illogically ‘disown’ Cordelia whilst both Goneril and Regan observe and take into account Lear’s poor judgement and the recurring motif of blindness. This is highlighted in Goneril’s dialogue, “He always loved our sister the most, and with that poor judgment he hath now cast her off appears too grossly.”
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