King Lear Essay

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In banishing both Cordelia and Kent, Lear is losing the two most loyal and loving characters to him. This irrational decision has left him with only the Fool to advise him, however what is said by the Fool is often seen as humor and nothing more. Therefore, Lear is now left with no one to guide, advise or help him throughout the rest of the play.

Power is the ability to manipulate and control whatever one desires; to do what one pleases to do without answering to authority. The power that corrupts the characters plays an extensive role throughout Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. Goneril and Regan are corrupted by the power that Lear offers them. Edmund’s corruption comes from the trust of his father. Absolute power corrupts absolutely with the characters, because once have full control, they are so cold that they will do anything to keep the power – or to gain more. The quest for power corrupts, but when absolute power is attained, treachery and deceit is the only path to take.

The power that Lear gives to Goneril and Regan makes them treacherous and deceitful. Lear offers his land to his daughters – Goneril and Regan – but in return they must profess their love for him: “which of you shall we say doth love us most, that we our largest bounty may extend.” (1, 1, 56-57) By doing this, Lear gives an opportunity for his daughters to take advantage of him. Goneril “loves [him] more than words can wield the matter’ (1, 1, 60) and the same goes for Regan saying, “[Goneril] comes