This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

To What Extent Has Your Personal Response Of King Lear Been Shaped By The Enduring Power Of Shakespeare’s Characterisation Of The Play?

898 words - 4 pages

The 17th Century play ‘King Lear’ has ensured its relevance to contemporary society through dramatic unity and textual integrity, however, in my personal response above all else is Shakespeare’s prescient characterisation of Lear’s identity struggle that has ensured the play’s universal significance and value to humanity. While the family tragedy of King Lear is prevalent in both plot and sub plot, after an in depth study of the play I believe the most discerning tragedy is that of individual identity and the concern for human kind.

Lear’s struggle with his identity as King, father and man unites and propels the entire play as foreshadowed by Lear’s “Who is it who can tell me who I am?” ...view middle of the document...

Lear’s foolish banishment of Kent and Cordelia is warned against by his loyal servant who pleas “See better Lear” foreshadowing his mental discrepancy and lack of clarity. Lear’s abdication of the throne is masked in selfishness declaring, “Shake our cares and business of our age”. As a King Lear is unable to discriminate between power and privilege, forced to abandon his “insolent retinue” and as he irrationally enters the howling storm. As a father, Lear is similarly blinded by the insincere flatteries of Goneril and Regan, failing to notice that Cordelia “art most rich being poor”. In entering the storm Lear descends materially, however it allows him to gain moral perception and consider his ethical flaws. The Lear of the storm is characterised as gaining a sense of humility, recognising “Oh I have ta’en too little care of this”. His “philosopher” Poor Tom makes Lear consider his own misguided sense of identity, “robes and furred gowns hide all”, but ultimately “man art but a poor, bare forked animal”. Shakespeare employs this tormenting metaphor to insinuate Lear’s emotional insight, redeeming himself from Kent’s predicament, but only temporarily.

Lear’s journey from King to Man regresses further still, as he emerges from the storm “crowned in rank furrow weeds” Shakespeare employs the meta-image of Lear’s re-birth as a child of nature. Subsequently, Lear’s relationship with Cordelia highlights Lear’s devastating reversion from his enlightened state of humility to that of a helpless child. Lear uses whimsical imagery in projecting his absurd fantasy of banishment with Cordelia “birds sing i’th cage”. Shakespeare uses characterisation to indicate Cordelia assuming the role of the mother/...

Other Papers Like To What Extent Has Your Personal Response of King Lear Been Shaped by the Enduring Power of Shakespeare’s Characterisation of the Play?

To What Extent Has the Financial Crisis Challenged the Notion Economic and Monetary Union Has Been a Success in Economic and Political Terms?

2853 words - 12 pages To What Extent has the Financial Crisis Challenged the Notion Economic and Monetary Union Has Been a Success in Economic and Political Terms? Name: Course: Tutor: College: Date: Introduction Many countries and the world in general have been experiencing financial crisis in one time or another starting from the famous 1930s great depression in USA, 2008/2009 US economic crisis to the most recent one, European economic crisis. This is

From Your Perspective As A User Of Such Products, You Should Examine How Your Chosen Marketer Has ‘Serviced’ & Interacted With You As A Customer Using Your Understanding & Appreciation Of Marketing,...

784 words - 4 pages the channel.He's not a normal singer seeking for money n fame he has a lot of other talents in musical,sportive and others.He taught his self to play the guitar[which was the same size as him),He also taught his self to play the trumpet keyboard/piano.He started drumming at age 2 but didn't really learn till he was 4.Other then being a great musician he also has made videos demonstrating his soccer,hockey,basketball,and golf skills.And he also

Dynamics of Family in King Lear and Fall on Your Knees

1264 words - 6 pages contributes to the hardships that are faced within the relationship, and her constant separation from Kathleen causes an unhealthy mother-daughter relationship. In conclusion, it is evident that parent-child relationships suffer both in the play and the novel. It has also become apparent that obstacles within families can lead to betrayal of one another. The dynamics of family are explored in great detail in both, King Lear and Fall On Your Knees

Recent Developments in the Professionalisation of Teaching Have Emphasised the Importance of Values. in the Light of Your Own Experiences Examine the Extent to Which Personal Values Support or...

4137 words - 17 pages aforementioned that the objectives of continuous professional development and personal values of commitment to it are congruent with one another however, solely in theory. This paper and the search for supporting evidence has definitely been a voyage into the inner self. Its intentions were an in-depth exploration of a personal value system describing a picture of a complex relationship personal values form with targets set by the profession of teaching

“Nonverbal Communication Tends To Provide The Context Of Verbal Communication And Has The Power To Disambiguate Or Invalidate The Content Of Linguistics Expressions“–Krippendorff. Discuss And Provide...

1839 words - 8 pages the disambiguation process well in this concept like what has been said by Krippendorff. Invalidate on the other hand means to prove an idea, a story, an argument, which is wrong. The second meaning for invalidate is if one invalidate a document, contact or even and election, you make it no longer legally or officially valued and acceptable. [2: Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary (International Students Edition, 7th) edition (page 413)][3

It Is 300 BC. You Are A Platonist. Your Friend, Also A Student, Has Just Been Condemned To Death By The Athenian Court. Write A Letter Preparing Him For His Last Hours

2925 words - 12 pages must travel through to Hades to spend eternity in what ever way suits it. With this in your mind, I realise that you may think that, as a condemned man, you will spend all of time itself in Tartarus.In some ways I agree with you. But let us consider what another wise man has said. Plato told us that the soul is immortal, and although it has seen Hades, it has also seen everything else, further, it does not die as the body does, but is reborn many

As a New Hr Representative, You Have Been Asked to Facilitate a Session on Attribution Theory to a Group of Perspective Managers Participating in a Management Development Program. Your Manager Has...

1778 words - 8 pages and easy to search information needed. Moreover, it must continuously be up-to-date for most recent information about the company; customers like to see modification in the website. Products/services available should be represented clearly by key words or images on the Web site. Programs should be set up to find out which kind of customers are interested and what can keep customers coming back. This is the key of marketing strategy to know your

Carbon Tax: the Australian Government Is Introducing a Carbon Tax and Your Advertising Company Has Been Contacted to Develop an Imc Campaign

942 words - 4 pages MRKT 19030 Promtions Management Topic Carbon Tax: the Australian Government is introducing a carbon tax and your advertising company has been contacted to develop an IMC campaign Develop an IMC plan for the federal government of Australia to promote its new Carbon Tax. The government aims to reduce the amount of misinformation surrounding the implementation of the new tax and therefore has asked your firm to create an awareness campaign

To What Extent Does the Weakness of the Weimar Republic Explain Hitler’s Rise to Power?

1379 words - 6 pages To What Extent Does the Weakness of the Weimar Republic Explain Hitler’s Rise to Power? To What Extent Does the Weakness of the Weimar Republic Explain Hitler’s Rise to Power? The weakness of the Weimar Republic played a tremendous part in Hitler’s rise to power. In this essay I will explore and analyse many factors, including the impact of the first world war, the constitutional weakness of the Republic, the implications of the Versailles

To What Extent Has the Location of Sovereignty in the Uk Changes in Recent Years?

1099 words - 5 pages To what extent has the location of sovereignty in the UK changes in recent years? Sovereignty is having ultimate authority over a territory, with the absolute right to govern. It is a principle of absolute and unlimited power by which a state can act in any way that it wishes without its actions being vetoed by a superior body. This means that a political body has unrestricted powers and that no other authority can control how it manages its

To What Extent Has Globalization Improved the Lives of Children and Youth?

656 words - 3 pages To what extent has globalization improved the lives of children and youth? Over the years globalization has spread and touched almost every person on the planet. It has shaped and influenced individuals and continues to do so to this day. The youth of our society is most influenced by globalization because of their interaction with the media and each other. Globalization is so influential in the world because it has the power to change

Related Essays

"The Wheel Is Come Full Circle. I Am Here." What Is The Audience Of King Lear Meant To Feel About Edmond At The End Of The Play?

1570 words - 7 pages 1. “The wheel is come full circle. I am here.” What is the audience meant to feel about Edmond at the end of the play? The Edmond presented to us at the close of play is a contradiction of all we know of him. Edmond is corrupt; malicious; jealous; bitter, and yet with his final moments, Shakespeare offers him a chance at redemption. Perhaps this is intended to suggest that no man is beyond salvation; perhaps a sop to the principle that all

Discuss The View That Education Has Been Shaped By Interactionist Principles

1311 words - 6 pages Discuss the view that education has been shaped by interactionist principles (20) When analysing education interactionalists focus on the day to day interactions that occur within school. Whereas Marxists and Functionalists tend to focus on the structural sides to society, they examine the relationships between the education system and the individual. Interactionists argue that all people are individuals, we are different in shape and size but

How Has Your Understanding Of The Concept 'the Creation And The Fall', Been Enriched By The Study Of Prescribed Texts In Term One?

965 words - 4 pages , which is actually the Holy Spirit. By invoking a muse, but differentiating it from traditional muses, Milton manages to tell us quite a lot about how he sees his project. In the first place, an invocation of the muse at the beginning of an epic is conventional, so Milton is acknowledging his awareness of Homer, Virgil, and later poets, and signalling that he has mastered their format and wants to be part of their tradition. But by identifying his

Aa100 To What Extent Do Roman Depcitions Of Cleopatra Appear To Have Influenced How She Has Been Depicted On Tv And In Film?

520 words - 3 pages Coins from the era* appear too depict Cleopatra as throughly european with her hair tied and knotted in a Hellenistic style known as a melon. Also her nose and eyes seem too lose any eastern appearance and become almost European, making her seem of a western descent is an easy way too make her less of a frightening prospect as queen to the Romans who I imagine would have been very intolerant of a woman gaining any kind of power. Most of the