King Lear Essay

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King Lear Essay Explore the representation of at least ONE intense human relationship in the Tragedy of King Lear, explaining how this relationship explores the key ideas in the play. The tragedy King Lear written by William Shakespeare is powerful in exposing the morality of men through the key ideas explored in the play. The play reveals the downfall of a powerful King due to his inability to see the truth behind the actions of his most loyal of people. The intense relationships in the play further the plot. The intense relationship between Lear and his daughters further his eventual downfall and demise, and the intense relationship between Gloucester and his sons, Edmund and Edgar also add to the destruction of both families. The key ideas of betrayal, madness and blindness represented in the play are due to these intense relationships. Lear’s blindness, stupidity and madness lead to his downfall which is aided by the intense relationships he has with his daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. The intense relationship Lear has with Goneril and Regan in particular furthers the plot. The plot centres around King Lear’s decision to divide up his kingdom between his three daughters based on their professions of love. ” Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (1.1) Lear is unable to see that the competition he sets up for his daughter’s rewards deception and punishes honesty. When dividing up his Kingdom, Lear asks his daughters to profess their love for him. Goneril claims “I love you dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty” (1.1) and Regan claims “I am alone felicitate in your dear highness' love.” (1.1). Lear is flattered by their hyperbolic speeches, and blindly divides his kingdom between those two. This decision by Lear is pivotal and places strain on relationships that are already unstable. The intense human relationship between King Lear,

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