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Having read King Lear previously it is easier to understand the language and what is happening in the show A lot has already happened in the first three acts of King Lear which is just the start of this tragedy We start to see Lear begin to go insane due to the events that have befallen him Also according to Aristotles Poetics King Lear is a Tragic Hero Aristotle wrote that one of the characteristics of the tragic hero is excessive hubris or pride Lear exhibits hubris when he asks his daughters to express their love for him He is basically fishing for compliments in front of his court Also Lear refuses to take anyones advice regarding his daughters and it leads to his downfall If he had put his pride aside he may not have banished Cordelia and allowed himself to be taken advantage of by Regan and Goneril The passage I chose to interpret is from Act III Scene 2 line 79 and is spoken by the Fool to King Lear It begins This is a brave night to cool a courtesan Ill speak a prophecy ere I go I couldnt figure out the meaning of this passage for a while until I thought about it and looked into it more I think the fool is suggesting that virtue will triumph over evil The land is in great turmoil and the god chosen King has distributed his power to his daughters who god didnt choose and gone against the divine right of kings There is chaos all around and the fool is saying all roles have been reversed and good will win over His prophecy is marred with violent imagery it is a utopian view Society has broken down and this is how he sees it could be rebuilt
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