To What Extent Do You Agree with the Idea That King Lear Deserves His Fate?

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King Lear inevitably meets his downfall by the end of the play, this happens through a combination of factors both in his direct control and through ways which are entirely out of his hands. Through his daughters disrespecting him through his foolishness over dividing his kingdom, the banishment of certain characters, unsuccessful manipulation and other methods Lear encounters madness and finally his death. From the beginning of the play the viewer can watch Lear deteriorate as his apparent madness intensifies and is helped along through other people such as his daughters Regan and Gonerill. Lear eventually seems to return to his original self regretting how these events started through his foolish banishment of Cordelia however this is…show more content…
The division of the country would have weakened it, leading to arguments between people and that there wouldn't be an effective central government, meaning the there would be no effective defense. After this long period of uncertainty in England, Shakespeare's Elizabethan audience would have been horrified at Lear's choice to divide his kingdom and create a lack of unity The next section in the play in which Lear personally contributes to his final fate is when he proposes that he and his one hundred knights live between Gonerill and Reagan in turn, on some kind of rotor "Ourself by monthly course, with reservation for an hundred knights by you to be sustained, shall our abode make with you by due turn". When Lear and his knights are staying with Gonerill she tells the servants that they are to treat Lear with little respect and not to be courteous towards him. Lear does seem to notice this however it is only brought up in conversation by a knight which Lear Says he will look into. Lear says that he thought it was just him overacting around the situation but now that someone else has told him also he realizes that something may be wrong. After confronting Gonerill in which she wanted the number of his knights reduced Lear disowns her as she has basically gone back on her word when he was dividing his kingdom. At this point Lear speaks very badly of Gonerill, he calls her a "degenerate bastard" and later says "Thou marble
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