Corruption In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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The primary purpose of Shakespeare's “King Lear,” act 4 in particular, is to showcase how the play moves further down to the idea of hopelessness. We get to see how characters only get worse as time progresses. As Edgar spends much of his time alone wandering the plains he realizes that many horrible things have happened but does not believe that things are as bad as they seem to be, “To be worst, / The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune, / Stand still in esperance, lives not in fear” (lines 2-4). But, however, when he sees his father, Gloucester, and realizes of his going blind he cannot help but feel even more depressed. Like Edgar, Gloucester makes an unusual comment, “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport” (lines 37-38). This comment suggests the possible idea of no goodness in the world. There is no such thing as…show more content…
Although they are not completely similar, there are some ideas that both these texts have in common. One aspect in particular would be the idea of corruption. It is interesting to see how both Gloucester and Gawain believe in the idea of dishonesty/wrongdoing. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight we got to see how Gawain believed that women always had something up their sleeve whether it was by being deceitful or suspicious. Women were always blamed for the downfall of men. In King Lear however, Gloucester does not blame a certain group in particular. In fact he makes a general statement. “‘Tis the times’ plague, when madmen lead the blind. / Do as I bid thee, or rather do thy pleasure; / Above the rest, be gone” (line 47-49). It seems as if Glocester believes that people will often turn their back to you when you least expect it. It is uncertain as to who it could be but it does tend to happen. Also in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight we get to see how Gawain was tempted by a woman while Gloucester is only left to blame his

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