William Shakespeare's King Lear Essays

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William Shakespeare's King Lear "A man more sinned against than sinning"

King Lear is one of Shakespeare's more complex plays and within it many different themes are addressed and explored. King Lear is the somewhat unfortunate vehicle that Shakespeare uses to explore many of these themes creating a complex character including the roles of a father, king, friend and adversary.
As Lear is not a simple character he cannot simply be classed
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As a father Lear did sin against his children but were they bad enough to merit the suffering he also received as a father? Lear took great punishment from his children and eventually from guilt of his actions. Goneril and Regan betrayed their father and even plot his murder. They bring shame and misery upon him that is a large cause for his madness. As for Lear's sins against Cordellia, not only does he pay for these in his guilt and insanity but also redeems himself in the later stages of the play and undergoes even more suffering at her death; "And my poor fool [Cordelia] is hanged. No, no, life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life and thou no breath at all."
Goneril and Regan are terrible children for any father, they plot their fathers murder, take all his pride power and land, and are happy to watch him descend into a state of tormented insanity. I feel these two sisters sin more against just Lear than he does to everyone put together. The two sisters also never show remorse for what they have done, never repent and are never forgiven. Shakespeare has used
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