lit- king lear act 4

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Susan Martinez December 14, 2009 Professor Eric Clarke Introduction to Critical Reading Final Paper Following a story of deceit, foolery, ungrateful family members, fights, and lots of confusion is Act IV in Shakespeare’s King Lear. At this point in time, Gloucester, a nobleman of King Lear, is blinded by Cornwall who takes out both of his eyes. Just like King Lear, Gloucester is foolish enough to trust one of his children over the other, and inevitably suffers for his mistakes now that he is blinded. This causes a turn of events for the character of Gloucester. Since he has gone through such an unfortunate event, he feels that much more grateful for life and those who are helpless like himself, such as street beggars. At the start of Act IV, Scene I, Gloucester in conversation tells an Old Man how he would wish to be able to touch his son, Edgar, once more and apologize. Hence, he wishes to journey back to Dover in to turn make his wrongs right, and tells the Old Man to have the crazy street beggar lead the way for him not knowing that it is his son, Edgar. Then, in one of Gloucester’s fits of feeling remorseful for his life of unappreciated wealth, he says to Edgar, who is disguised as a beggar, “Here, take this purse, thou whom the heavens’ plagues / Have humbled to all strokes. That I am wretched / Makes thee the happier. Heavens, deal so still. / Let the superfluous and lust-dieted man, / that slaves your ordinance, that will not see / Because he doth not feel, feel you power quickly. / So distribution should undo excess, / And each man have enough” (Lines 71 – 78). Here Gloucester is basically telling Edgar to take some of his money because the god’s have made Edgar quite unfortunate as to have sentenced him to a
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life of begging. Now that Gloucester is in such a handicap, he admits to a life of superfluity and believes that the wealthy should give back some of their wealth to the poor to even out the state of the economy to a point where every man will have enough to survive. This redistribution of wealth corresponds to the age we live in today. With the economy down the drain, almost to the point of yet another “Great Depression”, our 44 th president, Barack Obama, hopes to lift the nation off its knees and have it standing back on its two feet once again. One of Obama’s policies on helping the inner- city, underdeveloped population of America, which is lacking in resources, such as better education, and government funding, is focused on redistributing the wealth among America. Since economically the majority of America stands in the middle-class population: “A
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