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King Lear’s Personality.

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King Lear's Personality. Lear's basic flaw at the beginning of the play is that he values appearances above reality. He enjoys being flattered and portrayed as an almost god-like figure who deserves constant praise from all those that he comes across. Lear is aging at this point and cannot cope with all the hassle and fuss of a Kings' duties, so he decides to split his duties and kingdom amongst his 3 daughters. He wants to be treated as a king and to enjoy the title, but he doesn't want to fulfill a king's obligations of governing for the good of his subjects. Similarly his test of his daughters demonstrates that he values a flattering public display of love over real love. He doesn't ask "which of you doth love us most," but rather, "which of you shall we say doth love us most?" We conclude that Lear is simply blind to the truth and asks this question in an almost ignorant way (basically fishing for compliments), but Cordelia ...read more.


Towards the end of the play he changes finally more as a person and would rather be with cordelia and love her rather than having all the 'glories' of kingship. Most readers may feel disgusted at Lear's reactions to Cordelia's answer to his question of "which of you shall we say doth love us most?" he explodes in anger to the point of which he removes any dowry for her and banishes her from his country. Some people think to themselves 'serves him right' that he is alone in the end with no one loving him and every one betraying him and not respecting him. Even the coldest heart may melt, and the reader eventually feels sorry or bad for Lear as he goes crazy, thinks he is mad and even cries at some points. he does not like showing any of his weaknesses, as most males do, the average male would not cry in front of a person but would rather going mad than showing a sing of defeat. ...read more.


As Lear wanders about a desolate heath in Act 3, a terrible storm, strongly but ambiguously symbolic, rages overhead. In part, the storm echoes Lear's inner turmoil and mounting madness: it is a physical, turbulent natural reflection of Lear's internal confusion. At the same time, the storm embodies the awesome power of nature, which forces the powerless king to recognize his own mortality and human frailty and to cultivate a sense of humility for the first time. So in conclusion I may say that although he may have had nothing but good intentions, his foolishness and blindness brought all the humility and hardship down upon himself. Interpretation on whether Lear learnt his lesson is mainly up to the reader (according to me) and in my eyes, Lear learnt his lesson, the hard way and even though he may be portrayed as the villain who banished Cordelia the real villains are his 2 daughters [Regan and Goneril] who started the 'ball' of lies, pain, hardship rolling. ...read more.

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