Question: English & Literature

What does Lear learn about himself as he descends into madness, and why is this ironic?

(5x^2-7x + 10) -(6x^2 + 8x- 5)

5x^2-7x + 10 -6x^2- 8x+ 5

5x^2-6x^2      -7x-8x     +10+5

-1x^2            -15x         +15

In English & Literature | Asked by bookragstutor
Asked from the King Lear study pack
As Lear descends further and further into madness, he discovers his own humanity, which has eluded him his entire life. Lear opens the play as a confident, strong king who has no real understanding of how his nation works, or what the life of his subjects is truly like. In the violent storm on the heath, Lear, who had once thought his power to be unshakable, first realizes that he is as vulnerable to pain, both physical and emotional, as any other man, a thought that causes him to reconsider his rule. He regrets not doing more for the homeless and poor in his kingdom, even going so far as to pray for their safety (rather than his own) during the storm. When he meets Poor Tom, he immediately latches on to the “Bedlam beggar,” seeking to protect and shelter him, as if to rectify his sins. He also compassionately questions whether his fool is cold and sends him into the hovel to find warmth. As the play progresses, the audience watches as Lear distances himself from human power and begins to align with the natural order of the world. When he is reunited with Cordelia at the end of the play, Lear has a few brief moments of what appear to be genuine happiness – he realizes that love and trust are what is needed to make life fulfilling, not power and control. This transformation of character is ironic because with his current knowledge, Lear would have made a compassionate, effective king, yet he handed away all his power to the play’s villains.
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