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The Wages of Sin King Lear a play by Shakespeare is a detailed look at the consequences of one mans decisions which greatly alter his life and the lives around him Lear the King of England sinfully surrenders his kingdom to his daughters in reward for demonstrating their love for him beginning a downward spiral of tragic events all leading back to that one moment At one point in the play Lear falsely states that he is a man more sinned against than sinning IIIii62-63 for Lear has sinned a great deal and does deserve all that has come to him As the play opens one can almost immediately see that Lear begins to make mistakes that will eventually result in his downfall The very first words spoken by Lear are Give me the map there Know that we have divided In three our kingdom and tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age Conferring them on younger strengths while we Unburdened crawl toward death Ii38-43 This gives the first indication of Lears intent to resign from his throne He goes on further to offer his kingdom in three pieces to his daughters as a form of his test of love Great rivals in our youngest daughters love Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn And here are to be answered Tell me my daughter Since now we will divest us both of rule Interest of territory cares of state Which of you shall we say doth love us most That we our largest bounty may extend Where nature doth with merit challenge Ii47-58 This is the first and most significant of Lears sins in the play By resigning from throne and giving it to his daughters Lear fuels his ego In Lears following actions he banishes those around him who genuinely care and love him for he can not see beyond the
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