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Suffering The story of King Lear follows the metamorphosis of a King into a man It is a journey wrought with both physical and moral suffering which develops the character of Lear from sanity to petulance to sanity Billington Cordelias death reflects the inconsistency of moral justice in the world Shakespeare acknowledges that wisdom is only attained by suffering He reveals however that this wisdom does not protect the individual against future suffering bound upon a wheel of fire Cordelias death is gratuitous but dramatically necessary OToole It represents the hostility of the gods in relation to humanity exposing the unjust world in which each human is connected to humanity The play itself is a spectacle of violence ferocity and pain suffering disorder madness cruelty on mass scale It is in itself a tragedy invoking woe and wonder pity and fear Edgar as Tom O Bedlam comments Basest and poorest shape that ever penury in contempt of man brought near to beast It also raises the issue of the problem of evil of justice or injustice of universe and affiliated with it as with these horrors of our own time the questions of the existence of god or gods and more unnerving of their benevolence malevolence or indifference The gods themselves are central to the play as a whole For The stars above us govern our conditions They are responsible for the madness and injustice that ensues Throughout characters question their motives in their actions only to endure a supposed promised end or image of that horror Characters try to make sense of their experience rationalize it or heal themselves by reference to tentative confusing and sometimes absurdly pathetic concepts of divinity Albany exclaims This shows you are above you justicers that these our nether crimesSo speedily can venge Kents argument however is the strongest one in the play He states that we will never be able to fully comprehend our behaviours
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