King Lear - Aging and Hubris Theme essay - As aforementioned Lear was fully aware of his old age but the changes that were accompanied with his senility

King Lear - Aging and Hubris Theme essay - As...

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As aforementioned, Lear was fully aware of his old age, but the changes that were accompanied with his senility was so drastic that he wasn't at all prepared for. He viewedaging as escaping duties and enjoying his rest and peace, but he didn't expect all the psychological effects with aging as well as the loss of power and control over subjects. His anger towards his two daughters when they were not willing to bestow knights upon him was seen as a "second childhood" of him, which, when placed beside his own aging,generates a stark antithesis that mocks Lear of his follies. Although Lear wasn't ready to adapt to all these notions of his aging from people around him, he was constantly told that aging was a natural process and he should indeed behave like an old man. As Regan stated, "Nature in you stands in the verge of her confine." Nature, with the capitalized N, in the play stands for freedom of action, but this was presented by Goneril and Regan as having an inverse correlation with aging. When Lear ages, he is supposedto be confined by the limited freedom as a result of Nature in himself. The very

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