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Suffering takes on many appearances depending on how it is received In King Learsuffering was very painful to two people and the giver wasnt necessarily an enemy pain can befrom the ones you love A storm isnt something you wouldnt think of when pain comes tomind but it is an element and part of your environment so are the people one deals with Paincan come from many areas both far and nearThe enemies in our lives are their to balance the goodness that we feel The world hasbalance and they provide it The pain that they furnish us comes in many forms mental andphysical In Gloucesters case physical was the main one Getting your eyes gouged out mustbe an excruciating way to experience pain The blinding of a person is not only painful butdemeaning and tormenting as well Imagine being blinded and having to experience the worldall over again The frustration of depending on other people and learning how to navigate yoursurroundings with all the grace of a child This kind of suffering could lead to suicide and itwould have except Gloucester was blind and couldnt see that there was no cliff to throwhimself off of His enemies didnt want to kill him but they already did internallyThe internal death is the final stage of mental suffering but there are many stages beforethe one must go through to get to that last stage Many of these stages are shown in King Learas he breaks down from a powerful man to a crazy derelict all because of someone close to himthat he trusted stabbed him in the back The family is part of your environment and so is theweather A storm can be a gusting hurricane or a conflict with your sister Both conflicts causedamage and the damage may or may not be repairable In the case of King Lear his mentalstate diminished rather badly He was seeing small rodents on his arm and even a
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