King Lear's journy

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King Lear

By: Azam Nulla

Through the course of the play, King Lear goes through a process of self-destruction. In the beginning, King Lear's pride, his self-image, and exercise of excess power astray him toward a series of losses and his death. But these series of losses make him perceive the real world. Eventually Lear's pain and suffering tears down his strength and sanity. Lear is not as strong, superior, and filled with pride as he was in the beginning of the play instead he is weak, scared, and a lost old man. From a wealthy respected king to almost a vagabond, King Lear realizes his costly mistakes. At the end of the play Lear is completely insane due to the loss of his loving daughter Cordelia, and this tends to be the climax of his destruction.

In the beginning, King Lear shows his need for being praised; praise is how he distributes his kingdom among his three daughters.

The one who expresses her affection the most will receive the largest area of his kingdom. This is evidence of Lear's need to be glorified, when you consider that he has already divided his kingdom before the praising form his daughters even began. It is even more evident that he has planed to give each daughter certain amount of land before hearing the next daughter's praise. It is Cordelia who he loves the most, and it is she who he expects the greatest praise from. It is because of his desire for praise rather then the true affection from his daughters that leads him to commit the greatest mistake of his life. The banishment form Lear comes when Cordelia and Kent fail to praise Lear as he would of liked them to. This hunger for praise is further shown when...