King Lear Essay | The Development of the Character of King Lear

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The Development of the Character of King Lear

Summary: Essay explores the ways in which William Shakespeare presents the development of King Lear's character throughout the course of the play "King Lear."
“King Lear” is one of the most complicated of all Shakespeare's plays. It is about political authority as much as it is about family dynamics. It is a ruthless play, filled with human cruelty and awful, nonsensical disasters. Lear, an autocratic leader, is the king of Britain and has three daughters, Regan, Cordelia and Goneril. Regan and Goneril are cold, heartless and selfish, whereas Cordelia, the youngest is quite the contrary, honest, realistic and straightforward.

Lear is introduced with trumpets and crown. The symbol of his authority is carried before him. This gives the audience the picture of a King who can command respect and has the ability to speak with eminence. His first form of speech is spoken with the royal `we': “Meanwhile, we shall express our darker purpose.” Lear uses a lot of commanding language for example “Give me the...

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