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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    King Lear is a text full of moments of true pathos. The dismissal of Cordelia is described by the fool in words full of pathos. The downfall of once mighty King to a homeless wanderer in the shape of Lear is also full of pathos. The scene where blind Gloucester is helped to an astounding and cathartRead more

    King Lear is a text full of moments of true pathos. The dismissal of Cordelia is described by the fool in words full of pathos. The downfall of once mighty King to a homeless wanderer in the shape of Lear is also full of pathos.

    The scene where blind Gloucester is helped to an astounding and cathartic deception is another powerful and emotionally moving piece of pathos. Also, the loyalty of the fool for his master even in challenging conditions of rain and exclusion invites a flood f emotions in the fixated audiences.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In King Lear, there is some semblance of justice in the end. These final events provides a sense of catharsis in the audiences. The deaths of evil sisters, Goneril and Regan and the sinister Edmund are moving and cathartic. Even the tragic realisation that dawn over Lear regarding Cordelia after herRead more

    In King Lear, there is some semblance of justice in the end. These final events provides a sense of catharsis in the audiences. The deaths of evil sisters, Goneril and Regan and the sinister Edmund are moving and cathartic.

    Even the tragic realisation that dawn over Lear regarding Cordelia after her death provides a cathartic experience. This indicates a modicum of justice for Cordelia.

    Even the end of Lear after making the fatal judgment and disowning Cordelia sparks a feeling of satisfaction among the audiences.Similarly, the end of Edmund’s scheme without any fruits bring a level of emotional relief.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The tragic flaw in King Lear is Lear’s pride and arrogance. His pride forces him to make a terrible judgment call in disinheriting Cordelia, only because she finds hard to enamour him with lavish praise. He misjudges her inability to her lack of love and this sets into motion Lear’s tragic end. He iRead more

    The tragic flaw in King Lear is Lear’s pride and arrogance. His pride forces him to make a terrible judgment call in disinheriting Cordelia, only because she finds hard to enamour him with lavish praise.

    He misjudges her inability to her lack of love and this sets into motion Lear’s tragic end. He is rebuffed by his other daughters and loses his power.

    He is forced to wander the heath in terrible weather and suffers from mental breakdown. Eventually, he dies a lonesome death.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Blindness is a common theme throughout king Lear. Apart from physical blindness of Gloucester, there are many characters who are blinded by their flaws. King Lear and Gloucester are blinded by their arrogance and misjudgments. They both disown the only child that truly loved them and end being traumRead more

    Blindness is a common theme throughout king Lear. Apart from physical blindness of Gloucester, there are many characters who are blinded by their flaws. King Lear and Gloucester are blinded by their arrogance and misjudgments.

    They both disown the only child that truly loved them and end being traumatised by the children they wrongly trusted. Albany is blinded by his love and devotion to his wife Goneril and this weakens his resolve to help Lear even when he knows that he is being mistreated.

    A note from Edgar finally cures his short nearsightedness regarding Goneril’s affair with Edmund.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In King Lear, gender roles are portrayed differently through different characters. Regan and Goneril are shown as power hungry, manipulative and head strong while Cordelia is meek and compassionate. The two evil sisters are decision makers in their houses and command their parishes whole Cordelia puRead more

    In King Lear, gender roles are portrayed differently through different characters. Regan and Goneril are shown as power hungry, manipulative and head strong while Cordelia is meek and compassionate.

    The two evil sisters are decision makers in their houses and command their parishes whole Cordelia puts her love in  building he own home.

    These roles are contrasting but their ends is similar. All three are overpowered and killed by men and accused of dishonesty (By Lear in the case of Cordelia).

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Love is pitted against treachery and sycophancy in King Lear. Lear’s daughter are forced to enter a battle to prove their love to him. Cordelia who truly loves her father is banished while the flatterers Goneril and Regan win his approval. Similarly, Kent is a loyal servant of Lear and is dismissedRead more

    Love is pitted against treachery and sycophancy in King Lear. Lear’s daughter are forced to enter a battle to prove their love to him. Cordelia who truly loves her father is banished while the flatterers Goneril and Regan win his approval.

    Similarly, Kent is a loyal servant of Lear and is dismissed for preferring true compassion than empty agreement with the King. Edgar is another character who truly loves his father Gloucester and sticks with him even after he mistreats him.

    His and Claudia’s love is unselfish whereas Goneril, Regan and Edmund are antithetical to true love and believe in more carnal love of power, wealth and physical form.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Justice comes full circle in King Lear, well almost. Cordelia is hanged but her father finally realizes his mistake in disowning her. King Lear goes through an ordeal for his arrogance and pride and ends up going insane and finally meets his tragic death. The evil plotters, Goneril and Regan are kilRead more

    Justice comes full circle in King Lear, well almost. Cordelia is hanged but her father finally realizes his mistake in disowning her. King Lear goes through an ordeal for his arrogance and pride and ends up going insane and finally meets his tragic death.

    The evil plotters, Goneril and Regan are killed as well. The most devious character of the story, Edmund is killed by Edgar in a befitting manner as well. Edgar also gets to inherit his father’s legacy after being invited by Albany to rule.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Nature is used thematically and metaphorically throughout King Lear. Shakespeare describes the conflict within the royal family as a storm, thunderbolts, wild seas etc. Even Cordelia uses these natural elements as metaphors to make a case fir restoration of her family. Physical weather elements likeRead more

    Nature is used thematically and metaphorically throughout King Lear. Shakespeare describes the conflict within the royal family as a storm, thunderbolts, wild seas etc.

    Even Cordelia uses these natural elements as metaphors to make a case fir restoration of her family. Physical weather elements like thunderstorm is introduced into the play when Lear wanders into the heath,

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Ownership and possessiveness- The discussion of the wall in the poem suggests us how the innate nature of human beings makes them possessive. The barrier is set only when people employ right to own. Boundaries and borders- The image of fence in the poem makes us think how far one should go to set baRead more

    Ownership and possessiveness- The discussion of the wall in the poem suggests us how the innate nature of human beings makes them possessive. The barrier is set only when people employ right to own.

    Boundaries and borders- The image of fence in the poem makes us think how far one should go to set barrier between fellow human beings.

    Tradition- The neighbour says what he learned from his father that good fences make good neighbours. It is a traditional thought coming from an ancient animal memory. So the poem also deals with this fight against tradition of regression.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Pathetic fallacy is used in King Lear to project the internal emotional flux of the characters on to the physical elements of nature. The winds are assumed to being caused by invisible mouths which are goaded to crack their cheeks. The fire is ascribed thoughts while thunder is seen shaking and smitRead more

    Pathetic fallacy is used in King Lear to project the internal emotional flux of the characters on to the physical elements of nature. The winds are assumed to being caused by invisible mouths which are goaded to crack their cheeks.

    The fire is ascribed thoughts while thunder is seen shaking and smiting the world. The scene describes a cataclysm and is exactly what King Lear is experiencing internally in Act III.

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