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King Lear-Context question In this scene we see Gloucester at his very bleakest his kind character has been pushed to the very limit of endurance and cannot bear the misery any longer The extent of his torment is evident by his desire to commit suicide he wants to be taken to Dover to where the cliff whos bending headlooks fearfully in the confined deep This pessimistic view of the world is justified and his change of outlook to the world is due to his ironically clearer vision of the world He can now see the world for what it is without his eyes his insight to life has become clearer than when he had his vision when he was blinded by status and wealth I stumbled when I saw Gloucester now sees the Gods as sadistic rulers who control mans fate As flies to wanton boys are we to the GodsThey kill us for their sport His anguish and misery has left him in a philosophical mood for the first time seeing truth he is almost fixated with it Ironicallyhe is unaware that he has been given what he asked for might I live to see thee in my touch Edmund Gloucesters once clouded judgement is now much more intelligent if not accurate This reflects a subtle theme which runs through the play The good characters who are wealthy seem to have clouded judgement but when stripped bare of their status and money the truth is uncovered both metaphorically and literally This is true for Edgar Gloucester and Lear This seems to suggest that status and wealth are factors which cause the downfall of man It is when they lose their exteriors that they can see things for what they really are Gloucesters losses have left him with nothing but the truth something that would be extremely valuable to most but to Gloucester who has lost everthing it is too late
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