Tuesday, 15 March 2011

KING LEAR: PUNISHMENT OF VICE AND REWARD OF VIRTUE

King Lear is a play about the tragedy of a king. Lear was the king of England. He decides to divide his kingdom because he is very old. He wants to divide the kingdom between he’s three daughters Cordelia, Regan and Goneril. He gives a love test in which each daughter has to declare her love for him. The one who loves him most would take the biggest share. Cordelia, whom he loved the most, refuses to take part in this test and is subsequently banished with the Earl of Kent. King Lear is mistreated by his other two daughters and ends up running into the storm. At the end of the play, King Lear dies an old man full of regret at the demise of Cordelia. Shakespeare uses King Lear to comment on the punishment of vice.
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