Shakespeare's "King Lear" Analytical Essay

Shakespeare's "King Lear"
An analysis of how King Lear is sinned against more than he actually sinned in Shakespeare's work "King Lear".
# 118086 | 868 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | TR
Published on Jan 03, 2010 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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The paper looks at how Shakespeare sets the plot of "King Lear" by putting the major flaw of recognition at the beginning which will lead the whole chain of tragic events. The paper then discusses whether Lear is more sinned against than he sinned. The paper shows how in spite of the fact that Lear takes wrong decisions by trying to divide his kingdom among his daughters and by banishing Cordelia and Kent, the sins committed by his other two daughters are truly greater than his faults. The paper therefore concludes that Lear is more sinned against than he sinned.

From the Paper:

"Act III Scene ii is one of the most important and strong scenes in "King Lear". The atmosphere in this scene is rather depressive, hopeless and sometimes saddening. Lear who was once a great leader is a poor man through the rain and wind. He is moving aimlessly and hopelessly. In this act, Lear feels he is more sinned against than sinning as he says "I am a man more sinned against than sinning." If we look from one specific viewpoint, his sufferings seem to be caused by significantly by Goneril and Regan. Obviously, if Lear had not misjudged Regan and Goneril, they would not have been able to show that cruelness towards him. Nevertheless, one must not forget that Lear has wrongfully banished the most loyal people to him - Cordelia and Kent."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. King Lear. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Hertfordshire: 1996.
  • Silk M.S. Tragedy and the Tragic: Greek Theatre and Beyond. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 1998.

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