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King Lear, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare.

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Introduction

"SEE BETTER LEAR" (I, I, 180). In King Lear, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, King Lear's character changes in many ways throughout the play, as he suffers through many physical and psychological abuses from his two older daughters, Regan and Goneril. Lear is originally shown to be an irresponsible ruler and father, who can not see the true nature of people and bases his decision, in the first act, on the superficial expressing of love. However, after being mistreatment his daughters, who practically cause him to go mad, he becomes more aware of himself and kind. Only when he recognizes his own mortality and human weakness, one gets a picture of his being a human. His meeting with Poor Tom opens his eyes to poverty in his country, and only after his reconcile with Cordelia, does he become a totally different man who understands himself and the surroundings much better. ...read more.

Middle

This might be true, and yet it shows still some Lear's original ignorant character. Even though Lear is still in this madness, a change in his character is evident at the end of this scene, when he is concerned about the Fool: "In boy, go first, "(III, ii, 74) just when they are entering the barrack. The appearance of Poor Tom and his interaction with King Lear significantly changes Lear's view of people and humanity in general. As he just enters the barrack, Lear becomes concerned with poor, homeless people: 'O, I have ta'en / Too little care of this" (III, iv, 37-38). At this point in the play he tries to look beyond clothes or faked emotions, but to see the essence of mankind. Still in his madness, he tries to take of his clothes, wanting to minimize the class distance between him and the bagger. He asks if "man (is) ...read more.

Conclusion

He is no longer the harsh and critical person at the beginning of the play, but rather self-critical and much more sensible. A lot of times one here the saying, "better late then never", however in this particular case, Lear was only able to open his eyes and recognizes his faults when it was truly too late. This main character went through some much suffering or hell before he can realize his their faults There are so many proverbs and tales in all worlds' literature that are based on the theme, where the main character goes through some kind of horror or hell before he can realize his their faults. It is only through the mistreatment from other people that they realize who cruel they were to others. The fact that separates this tragedy from many other novels, where the character had a learning process, is the fact that Lear is not able to see into his mistakes and improve his actions before it becomes too late. This is what makes all great Shakespearean tragedies, the fact of irreversibility. ...read more.

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