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In King Lear the theme of nature plays an important part The play consists of a main plot and a sub plot and each plot is tied up in family relationships The natural and unnatural behaviour of characters influences and determines events within both families and are paralleled in each of the plots Nature is an important thread throughout the play and has several meanings which includes the innate qualities of individual characters the external violence of nature and its consequences and the inherent impulses of individuals which determines their actions There is also the nature of animals which shows how evil can place men below animals These different forms of nature play an important role in the play and can be associated with the Elizabethan Chain of being I will show how the various aspects of nature are responsible for the overall shift of power and the events that lead to the tragic demise of King Lear The tragedy of King Lear stems from Lears decision to split the crown between his daughters From this action natural and unnaturalness appears in different characters Looking at moral factors within a family unit it could be said that to love your parents is natural and therefore it is unnatural to be disloyal to a parent Lear is fooled by Goneril and Regans false natural behaviour towards him when they give their long speeches on how much they love him He believes that their love for him is true Cordelia the more loyal of the sisters does not give a long speech on her love instead she speaks of nothing exclaiming I cannot heave my heart into my mouth Lear mistakes this true natural loyal behaviour as unnatural and disobedient He curses Cordelia exiling her outside society disclaiming propinquity and property of blood In Act 1 Scene 4 he also curses Goneril calling on nature to curse her for being a thankless child In the sub
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