King Lear Essay

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King Lear: The Tragedy
King Lear’s Tragedy was and is still one of Shakespeare’s most famous playwrights of all time. Shakespeare used Aristotelians Theory which included Aristotle’s view of the structure and purpose of tragedy. This tragedy included a very old protagonist,
In the first act King Lear of Britain has decided to split his throne between his three daughters. But before he can do that Goneril, Regan and Cordelia must meet together. His intentions are to split the kingdom between them based on how much they express their love for him. The two older daughters sweetly talk their way in their father’s heart for sizable kingdoms. Cordelia however, the youngest daughter and Lear’s favorite, sees the evil intentions of her sisters and tells her father what she really feels; “I love your majesty according to my bond, no more no else.” Lear not hearing the sweet words that he wanted is so disappointed that he banishes her. She leaves the country to marry the King of France.
Act two is full of lies and betrayal, with Edmund betraying his brother Edgar and lying to his father about the events in questioning. Edgar runs away and turns himself into poor Tom, because of what his brother led him to believe. Lear begins to question the loyalty of his supposedly “loving” daughters, since neither one of them wants to take care of him. Lear also begins to lose his mind and the only one to help him get through it all is the Fool and Caius.
Acts 3, 4, and 5 include the rising