Wisdom of Realization

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Lesson 15 The wisdom of realization One can say that wisdom can truly be found through a realization in one own life and even through suffering. In Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie”, we see that both main characters Morrie Schwartz and King Lear gain wisdom through realizations of certain aspects of life and through their own personal sufferings. Both Morrie and Lear gain wisdom firstly through suffering. Morrie gains wisdom through suffering physically from ALS and having to come to terms that he is no longer independent and never will be. While Lear must suffer through the fact that perhaps those he thought loved him the most, didn’t love him at all and the one person who did love…show more content…
It is through this realization that he realizes what love truly is and gains the wisdom of true real and filial love of a daughter. Even when they end up in jail together he says “…Come, let’s away to prison; we two alone will sing like birds I’th’cage……..and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh at guilded butterflies…”(Shakespeare, 5,3,8-13)Therefore King Lear gains wisdom through suffering at the hands of his greedy and selfish daughters, only then does he know what true love and affection means .Therefore one can gain wisdom through realization and suffrage. While one can love material things, material things can never love you. Materialistic people must understand that in life it is not the things that you have, it is the people and the relationships you have even when those things have come and gone. Secondly, Morrie Schwartz comes to accept that he does not need material things now that he is dying and tries to pass on this knowledge to Mitch during one of their Tuesdays together. Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have" (Albom 125).Morrie helps pass on his

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