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Although it is never too late to learn those lessons learned in old age are the most difficult and the most costly In his play KING LEAR Shakespeare illustrates that wisdom does not necessarily come with age The mistakes that Lear and Gloucester make leave them vulnerable to disappointment and suffering at a time in their lives when both should be enjoying peace and contentment Although both Lear and Gloucester achieve wisdom before they die they pay a dear price for having lived life blindly Lear and Gloucester both illustrate that wisdom does not always come with age Lear asks his three daughters to express their love for him in public Both Goneril and Regan have no problem competing for his love but when it is Cordelias turn she refuses to compete because she feels she cant express the way she feels through words This refusal enrages Lear hurts his pride and causes him to make the foolish mistake of disowning Cordelia for we Have no such daughter nor shall ever see That face of her again Therefore be gone Without our grace our love our benison I i ll 261-264 Because of Lears high position in society he is supposed to be able to distinguish the good from the bad unfortunately his lack of sight prevented him to do so Lears first act of blindness is his foolish need of displayed affection by his daughters First he was easily deceived by his two eldest daughters lies then he was unable to see the reality of Cordelias true love for him and as a result banished her from his kingdom Lears most loyal follower Kent notices Lears mistake and attempts to make Lear see how foolish of an action he has just executed Kents effort to steer Lear in the right direction backfires Lear is offended by Kents attempt to make him go against his word and reverse
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