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Shakespeares play King Lear is of a mans journey from egotistical to spiritual from folly to truth from fear to love from power over to power within It is a vast journey of a mans transformation Suffering is one of the heavy themes in this play Two of the major characters go through this process Lear and Gloucester For both characters suffering was a painful process It was a time of confusion and loss of direction It was a time of chaos At the beginning Lear is projected as an old but honorable man He is strong in his authority and he is a man of order But soon it is demonstrated that underneath Lears robes he is insecure Seeking flattery from his daughters in an artificial manner Tell me my daughters Since now we will divest us both of rule Interest of territory cares of state Which of you shall we say doth love us most Lear believes that who he is is his possessions his clothing his land and most importantly he believes who he is his power All this is personified in his use of the word we Beyond all this Lear uses his material power somehow as a measure of love and greater truth Lears misunderstandings and false beliefs cause him to take action against those who are really true and loving ie Kent and Cordelia Setting the scene for a tragedy Gloucester being part of the subplot is a mirror of Lear yet his suffering derives more from his general gullibility Like Lear Gloucester fails to see things the way they really are and makes strong decisions from this point of view Gloucester is blind in a figurative sense he fails to see Edmunds trickery and like Lear turns against his truly honest and loving son Edgar As the play progresses Lears material security is gradually broken down his followers weaken and eventually he
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