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The techniques employed by William Shakespeare enhance a feeling of not only acrimonious irresolution but also of dithering misery In shunning Cordelia Lear generates a disruption in the great chain of being causing both imbalance in his own mind and subsequent anguish upon himself Feelings of both frustration with Lear and a sympathy for him inevitably come over the reader as they try to understand what Lear is suffering Lear finds himself in a place of indecisiveness as he tries to decide the action to take in his tormenting situation Vacillating between wanting to punish his daughters and desiring to forget about his circumstance a tempest has begun to brew in his mind Shakespeares use of both storm and animal imagery helps to develop the feeling of the unresolved desolation that Lear is suffering As Lear roams about a desolate heath a dreadful storm powerfully but ambiguously symbolic seethes overhead Amidst a contentious storm there is also a tempest in Lears mind that is in actuality worse than the elements he is forced to undergo The storm a physical tumultuous natural reflection of Lears internal confusion portrays his inner chaos and increasing madness At the same time the storm also symbolizes the overwhelming power of nature which forces the helpless and incapable king to recognize his own mortality and human frailty and to develop a sense of humility a trait he has never possessed before Lear determines in his mind that he would meet the bear of the physical storm before confronting the filial ingratitude of his daughters Although the physical storm what the bear symbolizes it ferocious wild and untamed Lear feels as if he has the option to go inside and receive shelter from it However there is nothing he can co to escape the ever increasing havoc inside of him After having given away his title as king the great chain of being has been broken and for once Lear is
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