Cordelia eventually returns to Britain with a French army in order to rescue her father and restore him to power, but even this one glimmer of hope fails to pan out. The play revolves around King Lear and his three daughters, along with a parallel sub-plot of Gloucester and his two sons. Words: 1192 - Pages: 5. Well as we know, Renaissance was a patriarchal period in which men attained the highest jobs such as King, Earl, Minister, and the rest. And when one's identity is taken away, what's left? The position of Earl of Gloucester did not fully satisfy Edmund for he wanted to also be king.
The theme of blindness of human society helps to closer examine the villainous conscience with in everyone. Lear spies Kent in the stocks and is shocked that anyone would treat one of his servants so badly. Lear, confused, says that he and his hundred men will stay with Regan. The Fool teaches Lear several riddles. Willoughby was reared in that faith. Relating to the outside world, utilizing present issues of many countries, sanity being based on relativity, can be greatly exemplified. Whilst he is the underdog there may even be sympathy for an outsider who takes on the constrictions of the establishment.
They convincingly argued him to be the prototype of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. The mythological aspects that send us to the ancient origins of the story are the numbers of the daughters he had — three. The seven deadly sins, wrath, sloth, lust, pride, avarice, gluttony, and envy are often explored by authors in attempt to examine the nature of man. Lear's second mistake is to exile the people who love him the most. ! Kent does come back disguised as Caius, a peasant, but this means he only has a peasant's power — enough to take care of Lear, but not enough to soothe his political worries. Words: 2299 - Pages: 10. Yet the King is shocked when his daughters assert their independence from him.
In victory, he shows his complete lack of mercy, imprisoning Lear and Cordelia and ordering their deaths against the wishes of Albany. This is one of the many sins that took place in King Lear and Les Miserables, another theme is one of pride. Regan and Goneril, Lear's oldest daughters, both offer over-the-top proclamations of love for their father, much to the egotistical Lear's delight. Once such a man was found it was necessary to connect him with the character of Kent and with the author. In relation to his Goneril, the eldest of the three sisters is in constant competition with her sister Regan and it eventually brings out her insanity and she poisons her own sister breaking all family ties. This question is really the heart of the play. He is a truly villainous character.
! He wrongfully disowns his youngest and most truthful daughter Cordelia, preferring his elder daughters, Regan and Goneril, because of an eagerness to be flattered, and they ironically turn out to be evil. The sins committed in the play and the novel helps enhance the themes and drives to plot into utter turmoil. Cordelia might grow up a good person not because of her inner virtues, but simply because King Lear finally decided to sincerely care about his child? Lears trial of his daughters is a mad spoof of the love test at the beginning of the play. Words: 742 - Pages: 3. Her love, unlike her sisters', is a true love, but she is unwilling to exaggerate it in false language. The one who loves him the most will receive the largest part of his kingdom, which he intends to divide between the three. He is cruel and violent and assists his wife and sister-in-law in conspiring against Lear and Gloucester.
Edmund arrives and sends them both to prison, where Cordelia is ultimately hanged. We can see this motif in lots of fairy tales and can predict the further story of the daughters and King Lear himself. When Lear's dear friend, the Earl of Kent, tries to speak on Cordelia's behalf, Lear banishes him from the kingdom. Lear instructs Kent to deliver several letters to Gloucester. Lear's youngest and more beloved daughter Cordelia, however, takes a different approach.
Cordelia is the only sister that remains unmarried, though there are two suitors present vying for her hand, the King of France and the Duke of Burgundy. So Lear has to deal with the power struggle his retirement sparked without two of the people who could have smoothed the transition. Wrath can drive people to make rash decisions based on their hatred. ! Words: 2154 - Pages: 9. Where Clark finds historical and political allusions, especially for the years 1589-1590, I find personal ones. Throughout this play one question stands unanswered; who is the most villainous of the three.
The final scene of the play brings everything to conclusion. His two eldest daughters are ready to run their own lives—and their own kingdoms. Feinstein, Elain and the Women's Theatre Group. She eventually leads a French army to restore her father to power but fails. There exists a reversal of order in the play where the evil prosper in the downfall of the good, and where man's life is meaningless and arbitrary. He displays inadequacies as a father through lack of knowledge concerning the true characters of all his daughters, and as King through the sudden dividing of his land.