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King Lear Searching for Vision Through the course of the play King Lear goes through a process of attaining self-knowledge or true vision of ones self and the world With this knowledge he goes through a change of person much like a caterpillar into a butterfly In the beginning King Lears vanity and the image and exercise of power dominate his person But a series of losses based on his own bad decisions a fool of a conscious a powerful storm a supposed crazy man and the death of the one who truly loved him clear his vision and allow him to see the himself and the world as they truly are The pain and suffering endured by Lear eventually tears down his strength and sanity Lear is not as strong arrogant and filled with pride as he was in the beginning of the play instead he is weak scared and a confused old man At the end of the play Lear has completely lost his sanity with the loss of his daughter Cordelia and this is the thing that breaks Lear and leads to his death In the beginning King Lear shows his need for praise is how he chooses to divide his kingdom among his daughters The one who praises him with the most gusto shall receive the largest area of land This is even more evident when you consider that he already has divided up the kingdom before the praising even begins As evident as he gives each daughter her land before hearing the next daughters praise Thus the who thing is just a show and an ego boost to himself It is because of his love for praise that makes him react so strongly to Cordelia and Kent when they do not act as he would like them to It could be said he is like a child who doesnt remember all that his family has done
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