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How does suffering affect ones actions Do different types of suffering affect one in different ways This paper seeks to determine how William Shakespeares characters respond to various types of suffering Suffering can be defined in two ways physical suffering in which the character is inflicted with physical pain and trauma and emotional suffering where the character suffers an emotional trauma or loss In The Tempest the physically traumatized characters are Trinculo and Stephano They are chased by dogs but their physical trauma has not induced any sign of remorse or guilt Ferdinand on the other hand is overcome by emotional suffering at the loss of his son In King Lear Lear is plagued emotionally He feels that he has lost the love of his favorite daughter Cordelia and he feels the harsh hatred of his two evil daughters At the conclusion of the play his sanity is restored but he has suffered tremendously in an emotional manner at the hands of Regan and Goneril In Othello Brabantio goes through emotional suffering when he must succumb to his daughters wishes Desdemona also goes through emotional suffering when she is accused by Othello of cheating on him when he is convinced of this by Iago In The Tempest the theme of purification through suffering can clearly be seen Prospero in his long exile from Milan has more than attoned for whatever mistake he might have made while he ruled Ferdinand must suffer through Prosperos hardships and laborious tests before he can win Mirandas hand Most significantly Alonso must undergo the suffering that Prospero has designed for him before he is forgiven Prospero who is the real Duke of Milan was overthrown 12 years earlier by his younger brother Antonio Prospero was driven out of the island along with his daughter
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