Hitting Bottom in "King Lear"

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When everything falls to pieces, when your plans fall apart, In Real life we call this reaching "bottom." When a person reaches bottom, we feel torn apart, hopeless, we don't know where we are going, but when we reach bottom, there isn't anywhere left to go, but up. After we reach bottom we start to realize what we had, the mistakes we made, and what turns on the path we should have taken.

In the "Readers Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary" The word bottom is described as the lowest or deepest part of anything, the last place (as on a list), and the worst or least favorable place to be: "started life at the bottom". Bottom out. - To descend to the lowest point possible; after which only rise may occur.

In the play "King Lear" by William Shakespeare, King Lear finds himself at the bottom. This is because of a decision that King Lear himself made.

King Lear sentences his daughter Cordelia to exile, because she tells him that she will love her father half, and her husband the other half, unlike her sisters who tell Lear that they will love him whole.

"They love you all? Haply when I shall wed, That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty. Sure I shall never marry like my sisters To love my father all." - Cordelia

King Lear, then instead of splitting his land in three, he decides to split his land into two, between Goneril and Regan. Goneril and Regan then in secrecy scheme to betray their father:

"Pray you let us hit together: if our father carry authority with such dispositions as he bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us." -...