Fate in "King Lear" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Fate in "King Lear"
An analysis of the role of fate in William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear".
# 118107 | 2,282 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 06, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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The paper examines the way fate is represented in various symbols throughout Shakespeare's play "King Lear" and how it affects the major characters of the play. The paper offers a brief overview of the plot and then a more detailed analysis of the major characters and shows how King Lear's and the Earl of Gloucester's unchecked belief in fate ultimately results in their downfall.

From the Paper:

"The roles of fate and free will are extremely complicated in King Lear. A brief summation of the play shows a story of good and evil characters committed only to their own desires and will. King Lear driven my foolish pride, divides the kingdom of Britain between his two deceptive older daughters, Regan and Goneril. Lear to his detriment ignores Cordelia, his honest, loving and faithful daughter. The older daughters have conceived a diabolical plan to overthrow their father. The secondary plot involving the Earl of Gloucester is similar. His illegitimate son Edmund, is envious of Gloucester's rightful heir, Edgar. Edmund convinces Edgar to flee the country to avoid their father's wrath. He then deceives Gloucester into believing that Edgar was hatching a plot to kill him."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. King Lear New York, NY: Washington Square Press, 1997

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