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We all wish that reality remains in a comfortable and easy manner but this is almost never true since reality is always changing When we are born into the cage of reality our path is engraved into our minds The first impression of reality is what we are depending on throughout our lifetime but this exact reason is what leads us to our betrayals James Baldwin shared this issue with us We take our shape it is true within the cage of reality that is bequeathed us at our birth and yet it is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most betrayedShakespeare displays the conflicts that occur when one is trapped in the cage of reality clearly in King Lear Many characters such as Lear Albany and Gloucester are dependent on their opinions of reality and this causes them to be pointed to their betrayalKing Lear is the first to display his dependence on his meaning of reality He listens to each of his daughters statements to decide which one of them loves him the most but when he gets to Cordelia Lear does not appreciate her factual words and ignores her honest truth Lear calls her So young and so untender Ii105 Lear being unfit to see past the illusion disowns Cordelia and gives his other two daughters all of his fortunes This reckless action produces an act of betrayal by Goneril and Regan towards Lear to undermine what little power he has left Goneril points out Tis his own blame hath put himself from rest And must needs taste his folly IIiv287-288 Lear is now aware of his mistake and can clearly see the two daughters horrible nature this has left him with a grave situation and a splintered heart Hence Shakespeare has portrayed Lears reliance to his perspective of reality and how it leads him to his betrayalAlbany Gonerils husband is dependent on the reality that his
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