Interpretation Of King Lear

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Arnold Kettle’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s King Lear and his misfortune, especially when looking at Lear’s reaction to the storm in Act 3, Scene 4. Renaissance.. Kettle’s assertion of Lear’s development through experience and action are relevant when considering Act 3. 4. 6-23: the writer uses Leer’s dissolution and critical revaluation in the storm to promote the idea of literal engagement. Throughout lines 1-9, Lear’s rise begins when he physically faces a storm as a homeless person -a complete contrast of an image of a powerful king, promoting a platform upon which Lear’s reconstruction can begin. Interestingly enough, the storm’s purpose serves to enlightenment Lear, in order to force re-evaluate about his current focus point. He has misplaced his priorities, which echoes in the statement: But where the greater malady is fixed, The lesser is scarce felt. Lear admits to the psychological weakness of trying to hold onto his pride through his daughters –his distorted definition of himself. We are once again…show more content…
'Tis a lie, I am not ague-proof. Most importantly, Lear has come to terms with the fact that he is not a god, an important distinction which Shakespeare uses to enable Lear to define his body. A humility which negates the idea that he is some sort of divine being capable of manipulating the weather. Therefore, Lear has learnt to separate himself from an unnatural and illogical society. This is done when Lear’s perception changes about the natural world which refuses to come to his rescue. This influences Lear to disregard the fact that he is no way divine, enabling him to relate himself to those which he perceived as lower. This idea is further expressed in Act 3. 4, 102-9. Now that he has learnt his new reality through the storm, Lear is enabled to identify humans according to their most fundamental characteristics. This is evident when the King accurately identifies the true nature of the disguised
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