After he wrongly accuses his son of plotting his death and is maimed by those he once called friends, Gloucester becomes depressed. He tells Edgar, “I have no way and therefore want no eyes;/I stumbled when I saw: full oft ‘t is seen,/ Our means secure us, and our mere defects prove our commodities” (4.1.78). Although losing his vision was traumatic, he cares little about it because he has no need for vision anymore. Even when Gloucester could see, he was blind to the reality of his son’s innocence. When he realizes his error, Gloucester becomes so distraught that he decides to “repair the misery [Edgar] dost bear” (4.1.79) by committing suicide.
Lear contemplates the miserable state of Edgar (disguised as Tom) whose poverty and nakedness reflect how gods are cruel and unjust to them. Again he asks heavens to be more just with them: "…O, I have ta 'en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp, Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just." (III.vi.32-41). In fact, King Lear did not really think about the plight of homelessness.
Edward is often the victim of people’s actions or is tricked into doing bad deeds. This is shown when Edward is tricked into robbing Jim’s parent’s house. When the alarm goes off and the door shuts, the camera focuses on Edward’s face to show the audience that he is scared and desperate to escape. The music instantly becomes faster and full of dread. This shows the audience that something bad is about to happen and creates an atmosphere of tension and makes the audience want to know what happens next.
After hearing a few men talk about his wife’s body, Earl confronts his wife and advises her to lose weight. He suggests that Doreen stop eating, but later consumes food right in front of her, which exemplifies situational irony. Dramatic irony in They’re Not Your Husband has to do with why Earl even confronts Doreen about being overweight. Why does Earl care so much about the way his wife looks? Why does Earl go out of his way to inform his wife that she’s fat?
In this essay I want to show that in the first act of King Lear it was already hinted at some points of the development that the characters of King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester go through. The character Lear shows signs that he is becoming mad while it begins to affect his life and those of the other characters in the play . In the beginning of the Play King Lear decides to divide his Kingdom into three parts and split it among his three daughters with the goal to prevent future conflicts and to rid him of the burden of ruling. However he decides that the Kingdom should be split according to how much his daughters love him and not by who is the best ruler “Which of you shall we say doth love us most, / that we our largest bounty may extend
King Lear is so blinded by power and by his ego, he exiles Kent, a loyal character whilst attempting to help him see the truth. When Kent suggests “See better, Lear, and let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye”, saying he should be used as a tool to see things with accuracy and truth. Lear’s aggressive response is to call him a “miscreant” in a defensive and angry tone, and exile him. Lear’s reaction to Kent’s attempt of helping him is to insult him and call him an unbeliever creating an atmosphere of tension. This demonstrates to the audience how Lear is so blinded by what he sees he even rejects honest advice from a loyal character,
Edmund knew that what he was doing was wrong, but he was so tempted by the Witch and the Turkish Delight that he couldn’t resist going. We know this from page 96 when Lewis writes the following, “It wasn’t a very good excuse, however, for deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel.” This is a good example of how we sin in our lives. We often know that we are sinning and that we shouldn’t be doing it but are so tempted by the Devil
Elizabeth, starting to glance at Proctor: He- Danforth, reaches out and holds her face, then: Look at me! To your own knowledge, has John Proctor ever committed the crime of lechery? In a crisis of indecision she cannot speak. Answer my question! Is your husband a lecher!
In the interesting quote, "I am a man more sinned against than sinning" (Hamlet, act 3:2.58-59), Lear states the unjust treatment he received from his daughters, while acknowledging that he has not been a saint himself. Through this quote shows his belief that although he has mistreated people and not acted right, his behaviour has yet not been worse than how others have treated him. Lear’s character is highly flawed and has undoubtedly acted unjust while having a shallow view on relationships and how they should be. Lear can be viewed as a stubborn old man whose mind cannot be changed easily. It is a striking event how he treats his alleged favourite daughter and how easily he believes the lies he is being fed.
Gloucester makes Edmund his heir while banishing Edgar. King Lear favors Goneril and Regan and he banishes Cordelia. They are both blind to the truth, they both favor their disloyal children and they both see the reality when it is too late: Gloucester when he experiences physical blindness and King Lear when he goes mad.