William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essay

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The play “King Lear” by Shakespeare, a fantastic literary work of art, includes many interesting characters, including King Lear and his three daughters Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia. A few other intriguing characters include Gloucester and his two sons Edmund and Edgar. While all of these characters are compelling, perhaps the most dynamic and changing character in the play is the Duke of Albany. Albany undergoes a complete metamorphosis throughout the play. The character Albany, as developed by Shakespeare in “King Lear,” changes from a weak, spineless character in the beginning of the play to a wise, courageous character at the end. In the beginning of the play, Albany is scared and spineless. He does not speak much at the beginning of the play, even though he is present for most of the action. Even when Albany does speak, his wife immediately shoots his ideas down. Albany is married to Goneril, King Lear’s oldest daughter, a greedy and covetous woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. When King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, he asks them to tell them how much they love their father. Goneril and Reagan jump at the chance to rule parts of the kingdom. Cordelia, on the other hand, tells her father that she cannot put into words how much she loves him. Lear then banishes Cordelia and leaves the kingdom to Goneril and Regan. Even when this scene is taking place, Albany never says a word against Goneril or King Lear.…

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