Destruction of order - Write an argumentative essay about...

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Write an argumentative essay about Act I of king lear on the destruction of the old order – personal, familial, social, natural and divine. (1000-2000 words) Between 1604 and 1605 William Shakespeare wrote the play King Lear. It was one of the last plays he wrote before he died. The story takes place approximately during 800 BCE. It is about a king named Lear who rules England. He has three daughters named Cordelia, Gonreil and Regan. You see many of the old ways that were prevalent in that time period. This includes religion or lack there of. Nature was a basis of religion but also they worshipped many gods and not just a single one. In the first act Lear begins to destroy himself personally and within his family. You see a destructive pattern of the old ways of personal, familial, social, natural and divine. As Lear realizes that he is getting old and soon his life will draw to a conclusion, he decides to divide his kingdom. Traditionally the right of the kingdom goes to the first male born child of the king. King Lear lacks a male heir and has three daughters: Cornelia, Gonreil and Regan. He decides to split his kingdom amongst his daughters and asks them to protest their love towards him. He asks Gonreil first as she says: "Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;" (1.1 57-63). Lear content with this response then asks Regan to pledge her love for him. Regan tells him: "made of that self metal [same character] as my sister," adding that "I profess [call / declare] / Myself an enemy to all other joys / Which the most precious square of sense possesses… In your dear highness' love"(1.1. 71-78). He then asks Cordelia to play along in his little competition. Cordelia is honest and bites her tongue. "Then, poor Cordelia! And yet not so; since, I am
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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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