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King Lears Emotional Stages Throughout the play King Lear Shakespeare portrays King Lear as a normal human being with a very complex and fragile character In this very sentimental play Shakespeare places Lear through the worst anguish of his life Bruhl 312 The anguish Lear goes through helps him finally realize that human nature is not always loving caring and giving as his kingship disguises him to think One may describe the mental states Lear goes through as myriad mental states Throughout the play Lear reaches many realizations through his mistakes and symbolic madness peoples wrong doings toward him and his return to sanity through redemptive salvation Lear makes many mistakes at the end of his lifetime The want of an untroubled life of second childhood without the responsibilities of a well respected king is the main mistake Lear makes The slippage of his self- image finally causes him to go mad Dominic 233 Before Lear goes mad he realizes the state in which he is turning when he states My wits begin to turn IIIii67 Lears suffering is primarily mental and climaxes when Regan throws him out in the storm Bruhl 317 The main mistakes appears as he Lear enters the phantasmagoria fantastic imagery as in a dream of his madness Halio 192 This type of thinking makes Lear become mentally unstable One can attribute King Lears main mental anguishes to the direct act of wrong doing towards him The wrong doings cause so much suffering because it comes from the two people he thought loved him more than any person on earth Goneril and Regan These ungrateful daughters strip Lear of his knights when he gives over his power Dominic 233 of which this quote makes an exemplary example Regan And speakt again my lord No more with me Lear Those wicked creatures yet do look well favored
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