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King Lear

Summary: Shakespeare shows how Lear's pursuit of his selfish concerns led him to ultimate misery. Lear emboides the alpha-male, literally translated as "first male," who wanted to be the first and foremost priority in his daughter's lives. He strove to ensure that superiority even in old age. It discomforts Lear that he was unable to conquer the inherent power that his daughters held with their sexuality.
Throughout history, men have been depicted in literature in various ways: as warriors, heroes, rulers, fathers, brothers, sons and lovers. Shakespeare's King Lear gives a glimpse of a man's psyche in the course of the relationships he has with the women of the play. King Lear brings out the worst of Goneril and Regan, invoking within them deceit, greed and manipulation, portraying women as foul and loathsome creatures who give rise to suffering and discord. While Cordelia embodies a positive female image, King Lear is illogical in his actions toward her due to her sexuality and his opinion of how a female should honor her father.

There are a number of possibilities for this apparent irrationality in King Lear's actions and reactions toward Cordelia. First it could be Lear's insecurity over what used to be familiar, and what now seems an estranged daughter. He is upset at the...

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