The Tragedy Of King Lear By William Shakespeare Essay

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Imagine an arrogant king of England who plays the game “Who loves me the most?” with his three daughters. This unconventional contest will decide which daughter will receive the largest portion of land from his kingdom. Two of the daughters exaggerate their love for him, but one chooses to remain silent. Little did the king know that he would lose his power due to this competition. As the king loses everything and faces the consequences for his poor decisions, he starts to see the world in a different perspective with new eyes. In his play The Tragedy of King Lear, William Shakespeare depicts a variety of motifs and symbols, such as betrayal, blindness, insanity, justice, and compassion, which comments on human behavior and actions.

Initially, Shakespeare utilizes the motif of betrayal to reflect on how the familial domain can be wicked. For example, King Lear’s daughters, Goneril and Regan, lie to their father with false declarations of love just to take his riches. Goneril tells Lear, “Sir, I do love you more than words can wield the matter.” (1.1.54). Her false yet persuading words on how much she loves Lear demonstrates how cunning and manipulative she truly is as a daughter. Lear is flattered and hence blinded by Goneril and Regan’s verbal exaggerations of love. On the other hand, the youngest and honest daughter, Cordelia, explains to Lear that she cannot express her love for him: “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave/ My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty/…

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