Spiritual and Physical (final copy)

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After reading the play King Lear , by William Shakespeare it is evident that Lear is an interesting and multifaceted character. We learn that he is an old man who is the King of England, but that neither his age nor title reflects his wisdom. Lear has many flaws but his most fatal one is his sense of entitlement and excessive egotism. It is this pride that clouds his judgement thereby enabling him to make many poor uncalculated decisions. Progressively we see Lear go through many physical and spiritual stages, and by the end of the play, he has grown to become a much more humble and loving person who realizes his flaws and mistakes and longs for forgiveness. As the play progresses we see Lear go through some physical changes as well as many mental and spiritual changes which include: pride, anger, madness, anguish, awareness and finally love. In the opening act of the play, Lear is faced with a dilemma. Despite him being in seemingly in good health, he wishes to relieve himself of his duties as ruler of his kingdom. However, because he lacks a male heir to take over his throne, he decides to split it up between his three daughters: Cordelia, Gonreil and Regan, even making a game out of it by asking them to each profess their love towards him. He says: “Tell me, my daughters, since now we will divest us both of rule, interest of territory, cares of state, which of you shall we say doth love us most? That we our largest bounty may extend where nature doth with merit challenge."(1.1. 48-52). Lear is content with what Gonreil and Regan tell him. However, when it is Cordelia’s turn to speak, she tells him the truth rather than
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feeding his own egotism, and for that she is punished. This is where Lear demonstrates his selfishness and excessive pride. It does not take long however for this to turn to anger as he then banishes his own daughter from his kingdom
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2009 for the course ENGG ENGL 1199 taught by Professor Bruseski during the Spring '09 term at University of the Bío-Bío.

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