Wisdom of Realization Essay examples

1749 Words May 23rd, 2012 7 Pages
Lesson 15

The wisdom of realization

One can say that wisdom can truly be found through a realization in one own life and even through suffering. In Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie”, we see that both main characters Morrie Schwartz and King Lear gain wisdom through realizations of certain aspects of life and through their own personal sufferings. Both Morrie and Lear gain wisdom firstly through suffering. Morrie gains wisdom through suffering physically from ALS and having to come to terms that he is no longer independent and never will be. While Lear must suffer through the fact that perhaps those he thought loved him the most, didn’t love him at all and the one person who did love
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Slowly as the disease takes over his body we see that he begins to come to terms that he is becoming more and more dependent on people. “I’m an independent person, so my inclination was to fight all of this - being helped from the car, having someone else dress me. I felt a little ashamed, because our culture tells us we should be ashamed if we can’t wipe our own behind. But then I figured, Forget what the culture says. I have ignored the culture much of my life. I am not going to be ashamed. What’s the big deal? And you know what? The strangest thing... I began to enjoy my dependency.(Albom 115-116)Therefore Mitch gained wisdom by suffering physically with ALS and coming to terms that he was losing independency. The wisdom is the fact that he is finally able to enjoy it instead of allowing it to rule his life. In contrast we see King Lear also suffer in order to gain wisdom yet he suffers mentally instead of physically. In King Lear, King Lear discovers that his two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, who had showered him with words of love and affection the day he was dividing the throne turned out to be the two people who like him the least. After he divides his power as king and the land between the two of them they begin to slowly reject him and eventually leave him out on the streets alone with

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