Controller and King Lear's Transformation Book Review by Torie

Controller and King Lear's Transformation
An analysis of how King Lear's character transforms from a controller to one who is controlled, in William Shakespeare's, "King Lear."
# 102659 | 945 words | 0 sources | 2003 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2008 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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This paper analyzes King Lear's transformation of character in William Shakespeare's tragic play, "King Lear." It shows how King Lear's all-too-human reaction to disrespect from within his own family forces a metamorphoses, a turning point, that transforms a controlling man into one who is controlled. The paper discusses the progression of the play and of the power of the character of King Lear.

From the Paper:

"Unfortunately, Lear does not realize that he has made terrible decisions until his entire kingdom crashes down upon him. Only after he has lost all of his power and land does Lear recognize the fallacy of his judgment and change his character into a caring human being. The loss of one's power base and one's possessions in the later years in life is a typical transformation that takes place for the elderly. They must rely on their children to care for them with their best interests at heart. The failure of children to consider the best interests of aging parents can be disheartening to the aging person. The parent becomes the child, but often cannot successfully fulfill that role. Like Lear, they die of a broken heart."

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