Emotional Conflict In King Lear

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The tragic play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, revolves around the intertwined main plot and sub-plot. Although they show many similarities, they each showcase drastically different themes. The main plot explores the emotional struggle brought by his daughters and himself while the sub-plot examines the physical torment created by Edmund’s quest to become Earl of Gloucester. The central storyline analyzes Lear’s blindness due to his emotions, how his two daughters deceive Lear for power and how Lear turns mad due to all the abuse he has suffered. The sub-plot as well shares the same narrative however, Gloucester is blinded by his nobility, Edmund deceives his father for status and how Gloucester is crudely maimed. The play’s main character, King Lear, is a man whose emotions take the best of him. His lack of self-control results in rash decisions, making him blind with two keen eyes. When Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, he is completely oblivious to the fact that Goneril and Reagan are lying to gain more land. Although Lear’s intentions were in good faith, his actions were not. This is evident because he states that “Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our age, conferring them on younger strengths while we unburden’d crawl towards death” (Shakespeare, 1.1.40-43). Lear’s emotional struggle throughout the play can be traced to the first scene. Although his actions were predominantly the reason why the story unfolded as it did. His
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