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In the play King Lear by Shakespeare, the destruction of social, natural, personal, familial and divine old order is a main part of the play

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A progression from denial to rage to isolation is the eventual path that the main character King Lear takes from the beginning of Act 2 onwards throughout the novel to his eventual death. Through Lear's actions and uncontrollable emotion, he slowly becomes insane and loses everything that he ever thought was important to him in his life. The destruction of his kingdom is not only due to his family's greed and selfishness, but it is also self-inflicted as well. The progressive destruction of King Lear's kingdom is evident through his actions as well as the actions of his three daughters. The destruction of the family does not actually occur until his favourite daughter proclaims these words, "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty According to my bond; no more nor less." (Act 1, Scene 1, lines 73-75) Lear's reaction to this brought him into an awful rage after his youngest daughter's speech. Due to her speech, Lear disowns her and splits up her share of the kingdom between her two sisters. ...read more.


Afterwards, Lear decides to exile the earl of Kent under rash and inappropriate circumstances. This was not a smart decision, because Kent was a very intelligent man who knew what Lear was doing to his family is wrong, and tried to show him that. Edmund continued to destroy Edgar's position in their father's life by writing a letter outlining the death of their father, and by convincing Edgar to walk around with a sword as to confirm the father's suspicions about Edgar's plans. Lear does not reward his faithful daughter by making her queen of a part of England, but instead he disowns her and marries her off to the King of France. Lear's other two daughters whittled away his status in the kingdom by shaving down his administration of soldiers by half. It is fate that intercepts and shows Lear via his jester what a huge mistake he has made by handing over his country to his ungrateful, conniving, evil daughters. This decision would prove to be costly to Lear. ...read more.


I have full cause of weeping, but this heart Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, Or ere I'll weep. O fool, I shall go mad!" Act 2, Scene 2, lines 472-475 From that very point onwards, Lear had a difficult battle in trying to pick himself back up from the bottom. His rage turned into isolation as he retreated from his old life and everyone that was in it. Lear decides to flee from civilization, leaving the safety of walls and roofs behind in favor of the chaos and confusion of the natural world. From this moment onwards, Lear becomes a new man. By opening his eyes to the natural world and experiencing things he has never experienced before, he now knows how it feels to be a lowly peasant in the kingdom that was no longer his own. Lear's progress from the beginning of Act II began with his denial of losing a strong grip on his kingdom, to rage manifesting in himself due to the actions of others, to isolation and his eventual escape from closed walls into the natural world. ...read more.

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