Consider the accuracy of Lear?s claim that he is ?a man / More sinned against than sinning?

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King Lear is throught the whole play a man who is a sinner and the victim of the evil deeds of those who surround him, those he keeps most close mostly are the worst sinners against him. He thinks he does the right good things but has to find out that almost everything he did out of meaning well by the people he considered as the good ones at the time he did it were the wrong moves. When Lear realizes that his moves seem to have been wrong he tells Kent and the Fool during a storm that he is “a man / More sinned against than sinning”, knowing that he also made mistakes, not only the others. But is King Lear really more of a victim than a guilty one?

The most shocking and maybe also the most fatal sin of King Lear is the disinheriting and
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Lear’s blindness could be a result of his believe in his power as a king. He just can’t imagine that somebody would try and fool the king like that.
In my eyes another sin of King Lear is his incapacity of listening with his heart and soul. Lear only can listen with his ears. He can’t understand what Cordelia is telling him by opening her heart and soul to him because his heart and soul are not open to words and can’t be reached that way. King Lear only hears sweet words. If his heart was not closed to words he would have realised that Cordelia’s words sound way more true and honest than Goneril’, who tells her father that she loves him more than her eyesight, as much as she loves her life (1.1.54-61), or Regan’s, who goes even beyond the things that Goneril said. But because only his ears listen, Lear isn’t able to understand that what Cordelia says is worth a lot more than what his other daughters are telling him. This lack of judgement is fatal and costs Lear a lot in the end.
If you try to take a look at King Lear’s sins in a Christian way you will also find some of the worst of all sins in his personality. Of the Seven Deadly Sins which are Envy, Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Wrath, Sloth, and Greed, I find the maybe worst of them in this king. The sins of Wrath and Pride are the most striking features of Lear’s personality, and in my eyes he commits the sin of Sloth in a minor case as well.
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