Weaknesses Of King Lear Analysis

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Chapter One: Weaknesses of King Lear

As the play begins, we are introduced to King Lear who is ready to bestow his large kingdom on his much-loved daughters. Being a human, King Lear is having human imperfections which is visible in the way in which he shares his properties. The king proposes a love-test and declares the better part will correspond to the daughter who tells him he is the most beloved for her. “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (Act I, Scene i, Line 51).

Evidently, King Lear is looking for blandishments as opposed to honest declaration of love. Thus, his two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan flatter him by means overstated speeches. His first born daughter Goneril announces that she loves him more than
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For quite a while he succeeds in deluding himself that he will be happy living with his two elder daughters, whose false declaration he had accepted. A famous proverb warns: “To hand over is no longer to Live”. However, by sending Cordelia and Kent away who care for him, King Lear is left powerless before his foes.

Initially, King Lear’s daughters behave in very different ways but after gaining wealth they show their true faces. Goneril relucts to tolerate King Lear and completely charges her steward Oswald to provoke King Lear so she would have a chance to get rid of him. “Put on what weary negligence you please” (Act I, Scene iii, Line 13). A child is supposed to demonstrate stringent compliance towards his parents. In integration, Goneril reprehends her father 's entourage vehemently. The King 's knights represented his status as king and reproving them is a vilification to King Lear 's
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When King Lear banishes Cordelia he makes sure Cordelia has husband and Kent has food; Now, he is also banished by Goneril and Regan. But King Lear;s condition is more pitiful as he is landless, and foodless. A King getting locked out by his daughters is not an ordinary thing and the violent thunderstorm that accompanied King Lear on this odd night is equally unusual. This time King Lear endures fearful thunder, lightening, and rain. King Lear feels that his punishment in being standing out is improperly cruel. “I am a man More sinn’d against than sinning” (Act III, Scene ii, Line 60). Kent describes that Storm is extremely merciless and out of human endurance. “Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never Remember to have heard” (Act III, Scene ii, lines 46-47).

Besides, Edmund and Goneril has planned the murder of King Lear and Cordelia. Edmund promises to Goneril that he will not show any pity to King Lear and Cordelia if they are prisoned. “once they are my prisoners after the battle, they won’t stay alive long enough to see his pardon” (Act V, Scene iv,
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