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I am a man more sinned against than sinning King Lear was written by William Shakespeare and is about the tragic story of a royal family in the dark ages,

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Liam Claffey 4th February 2005 Mr Hines 10s1 I am a man more sinned against than sinning King Lear was written by William Shakespeare and is about the tragic story of a royal family in the dark ages, which is falling apart before our very own eyes. The king of England, King Lear is a glory seeking man finding it through vanity. His mentality deteriorates from a highly respected King to an insane madman. Lear fails to cope with the fact that his wealth, power and respect is taken from underneath him by his own family and he tries to identify what and who he is anymore. Lear believes that it is not down to his own by his doing but by other people including two of his three daughters, Regan and Gonerill. They play Lear off against one another trying to out do each other in doing evil, demoralising things to their own father. The title of this essay occurs in the play when he is the depth of his madness. He is kicked out in the middle of the countryside during Act 3 Scene 2 where he is in the in the middle of a raging storm; he ends up in a in a dilapidated hovel. The play begins with King Lear having a contest between his three daughters to see which one of them love him the most and giving them bigger shares of the Kingdom. Lear however has already divided his kingdom and this contest is just a pathetic way of showing how much he is loved. His three daughters Regan, Gonerill and Cordellia must say in words how much they love their father. This is where Lear commits his first sin in the play; he is making the three sisters compete against each other for his love and for land. This is because Lear wants to show how much he is admired, loved and cared about by his children to the court. ...read more.

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Also... 'If she must teem, create her a child of spleen.' Lear is now angry with himself and he expresses anguish at his treatment of Cordellia. Then Lear leaves to another part of a castle but when he returns he is confronted with the shock that Gonerill has dismissed 50 of Lear's knights in a fortnight. "What fifty followers at a clap." Lear is so shocked by Gonerill and her actions he is brought to tears Albany tries to calm down but it's no use Lear leaves with his knights and the fool for Regan's castle. Gonerill fears there is danger posed by them so she sends Oswald as a messenger to Regan to warn her. Finally at the end of the scene we see that Gonerill is in cahoots with her sister Regan and hints that Albany, her husband has a gentle nature and she thinks this is a weakness as a ruler. 'What he hath uttered I have writ my sister' Now, even though the audience has still got some hatred towards Lear for banishing Kent and disowning Cordellia, their feelings start to turn as Lear in Act 1 Scene 4 has had more sins committed against him. Gonerill and her servants have no right in treating Lear in such a cruel manner and he realises he has done wrong in disowning Cordellia. This treatment of Lear is just a small taster of what is to come from both sisters later on in the play along with other key characters. In Act 2 Scene 2. Kent sees Oswald at Regan's castle, confronts and attacks him. Cornwall, Regan's husband, puts Kent in the stocks for his actions towards Oswald. This is a direct attack on Lear by Cornwall. To make matters worse for Kent, Regan increases Kent's time in the stocks. Cornwall declares that Kent shall be stocked till noon but Regan has other ideas... ...read more.

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Lear in a pathetic state is crying out: 'No, no, no, no!' The audience feels pathos for Lear. Edmond one of the leaders of the English, army sends the pair to jail together. Lear couldn't be happier and has no problem with spending the rest of his life in prison, as he would be able to spend the remaining years of his life with Cordellia. This however is not Edmond's full plan, he tells a captain to kill Lear and Cordellia giving him a death warrant. 'Go follow them to prison. One step I have advanced tee; if thou dost As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way To noble fortunes.' Then Regan leaves, feeling unwell, unaware that her sister Gonerill has poisoned her. Edgar appears and has a long arduous battle with his brother Edmond and Edmond is mortally wounded. Albany reveals at this point Gonerill's deceit, treason and adultery with Edmond. She runs off leaving Edmond to die. Bleeding to death on the ground he is touched by guilt and confesses to everyone about the death warrant he gave to the captain. The unthinkable happens as Lear enters the stage carrying Cordellia killed by the captain, we at this point learn that Regan and Gonerill are also dead. Lear tries to revive Cordellia a number of times pathetically. 'This feather stirs, she lives: if it be so' Do you see this? Look on her! Look, her lips. Look there, look there. Then in the hope of her being alive Lear dies with Cordellia and the play comes to an end. Lear in the first act of the play committed many sins to people especially to Cordellia and Kent. The two people that he honestly loved and cared about the most. He shouldn't of given his Kingdom to his daughters and remained as King of the country. Either one or the other.. In conclusion Regan and Gonerill's sins against Lear easily outweigh the sins committed by Lear and I agree with the title and believed it is correct. ...read more.

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