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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you This common advice directed to the characters of Shakespeares King Lear could completely reverse the outcome of this famous tragedy King Lears own vanity results in his ultimate demise Goneril and Regan bring about their own downfall through their unkindness to almost all others The very brother whom Edmund betrays returns in the end to destroy his character It is because each of these characters is too driven by self-interest that they ultimately diminish themselves To achieve and maintain a harmonious and peaceful kingdom characters must first concern themselves with others King Lear begins the play by allowing his ego to come between him and those who truly love him most which in the end costs him dearly Lear has his daughters compete for their inheritance by judging who can proclaim their love for him in the grandest possible fashion Cordelia finds that she is unable to show her love with mere words Aside What shall Cordelia speak Love and be silent Shakespeare Ii63-64 Cordelia clearly loves her father and yet realizes that her honesty will not please him Lear instantly cast his youngest daughter away referring to her as Unfriended new adopted to our hate dowred with our curse and strangered with out oath Ii205-206 Lear was too quick to judge Cordelia and as a result his previously most enjoyed daughter was instantly his enemy The only other character who truly follows Lear is the Earl of Kent Lear also allows his ego to come between his previously trusted advisor ironically concerning the same incident Kent realizing Lears fatal mistake protests the foolish decision When majesty falls to follywhose low sounds Reverb no hollowness Ii151-156 Lears ego takes over answering Kents advice with banishment It is King Lears ego narrow-mindedness and blindness to the truth which ultimately leads to his defeat Lears ego also clouds his vision while conversing with his
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