Shakespeare's King Lear Essay

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Discussion Write Up Day one of our discussion brought up the catharsis in King Lear (#4). I agreed that with Gloucester’s death there was not so much catharsis as there was sympathy and happiness. As readers, I think we were happier to see Gloucester put out of his misery “Pluck out his poor eyes” (3.7.58) and relieved at the fact that he died “smilingly” (5.3.201). I agreed that we readers were happy about Edgar’s ending since he had so much bad fortune throughout the play he deserved a break, which came in the form of him inheriting power. I thought Joe’s comment was interesting in pointing out that both Edgar and Kent were at the bottom of the wheel at the start of the play with Kent banished “Out of my sight” (1.1.157) by Lear simply …show more content…
Discussion Write Up Day one of our discussion brought up the catharsis in King Lear (#4). I agreed that with Gloucester’s death there was not so much catharsis as there was sympathy and happiness. As readers, I think we were happier to see Gloucester put out of his misery “Pluck out his poor eyes” (3.7.58) and relieved at the fact that he died “smilingly” (5.3.201). I agreed that we readers were happy about Edgar’s ending since he had so much bad fortune throughout the play he deserved a break, which came in the form of him inheriting power. I thought Joe’s comment was interesting in pointing out that both Edgar and Kent were at the bottom of the wheel at the start of the play with Kent banished “Out of my sight” (1.1.157) by Lear simply for trying to help Lear; and Edgar is a “villain” (1.2.80) for no reason at all. For this reason, at the end of the play both Lear and Edgar’s wheel would turn so that they end up on top “you, to your rights” (5.3.302). Joe’s comment helped to see why Cordelia ended up dying. Although she was banished, her fortune was never exactly down since she never seemed depressed over that fact instead simply saying “farewell to you both” (1.1.277) to her sisters, thus eventually her wheel had to come down and that happened to be her death at the end of the play. Also, numerous people pointed out that Cordelia and Lear dying really was not that much as a tragedy because at least they ended up together. I found this point interesting and it makes sense
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