Lear Essay

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gruesome journey towards their downfall. The actions of the characters in King Lear have their governing them. Thus unethical ambitions cause a corrupt set of morals and greed which lead to one’s self destruction. The human greed is something where for which sky is the limit. Depending on the person how far he or she is willing to go in order to fulfill their desires. In William Shakespeare’s King Lear many character commit sins to fulfill their heinous desires. An example of such would be Goneril, Regan, Edmund, and Cornwall. In the spite of feeding their growing greed for power they are willing to stoop to the lowest common denominator to achieve this. Thus, a corrupt set of morals with a combination of unethical ambitions and greed will lead to one’s self destruction. To begin, characters in King Lear such as Goneril, Regan, Edmund, display a set of unethical ambitions in their goal of fulfilling their greed. To start, King Lear is greedy for materialistic love. When dividing his assets he leaves his daughter, Cordelia, out of the share because she chooses not to provide him with false exaggerations of her love for Lear like her sisters, Goneril and Regan, do. As a result Lear disowns her by saying, “Thou hast her, France; let her be thine; for we have no such daughter, nor shall ever see that face of hers again, Therefore be gone without our grace, our love, our benison” (1,1,264-267). Lear cut off his relationship with his daughter due to the reason that she fails to fulfill his desire of love while in reality he is one to completely fail to understand the true meaning of love. He fails to see that true love does not lie in exaggerated words but it is shown through one’s actions. Moreover, Edmund is very ambitions to steal his brother’s inheritance due to his jealousy and greed. Since he is a bastard child he is not destined to acquire any of his father’s

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