King Lear Retributive Justice Compartive Essay

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The Theme of Retributive Justice Retributive justice is the theory of justice that considers punishment. In King Lear retributive justice does not come until the end of the play. In the article the key to forgiveness is the refusal to seek revenge, Fraser talks about when we get justice it is not enough but revenge is never the answer and forgiveness but will give anyone a positive feeling and this illustrates the theme of retributive justice. This article points out that violence and hatred can will only hurt yourself, forgiveness is an uneasy feeling but is the key to moral thinking and forgiveness will set you free which all refers to King Lear. Giles Fraser explains in his article that when Jo Berry wanted to seek revenge on Patrick Magee, the man who killed her father but reminds us that revenge is inflicting pain on others but only hurt ourselves. In King Lear Shakespeare makes it clear that Edmund is a Bastard, not just because the way he is born but the way he acts throughout the play. The audience understands the feeling you will get if you went to a party and your dad said “Oh, here is my son his mother is a harlot, but we had fun together so here he is” who would not be mad. Also with the bastard name that follows him, Edmund does retaliate with schemes states “Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law, my service are bound. Wherefore should I, Stand in the plague of custom and permit, the curiosity of nations to deprive me,” (Shakespeare 1.2.1-4) so Edmund punish his father for the lack of respect he has gotten over the years. Edmund does get retributive justice catches him at the end when he is killed. Fraser believes that it will not solve anything, anger “can easily serve to perpetuate violence and hatred- one act of violence leading to another in response, which can provoke yet another” (Fraser pg2). Fraser states “Forgiveness is

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