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The theme of King Lear may be stated in psychological as well as biological terms So put it is the destructive the ultimately suicidal character of unregulated passion its power to carry human nature back to chaos The predestined end of unmastered passion is the suicide of the species That is the gospel according to King Lear The play is in no small measure an actual representation of that process The murder-suicide of Regan-Goneril is an example But it is more than a picture of chaos and impending doom What is the remedy for chaos it asks What can avert the doom The characters who have mastered their passions give us a glimpse of the answer to those questions -Harold C Goddard The Meaning of Shakespeare 1951 Shakespeares tragedy King Lear is often thought of as not only one of Shakespeares best works but also one of his best poems The language follows in Shakespeares trademark format using iambic pentameter in much of the play Shakespeares It is we ll known for its many universal themes Some of these themes are Dealing with he folly of old age and the ingratitude of youth Good versus evil Nature Vision and blindness and Fortune These themes have been examined for hundreds of years in many dif ferent forums but what makes this play so unique is the fact that Shakespeare incorporates all of these issues in just one tale One character that examines some of these issues is a character named Kent Kent is a significant character in King Lear as he is involved from the beginning to the end Kent is the ideal first mate to the commander of the ship of state From the moment we meet him and observe his tactful response to Gloucesters bawdy chatter we know we can rely on this good man It
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