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Response: King Lear by Shakespeare


Response: King Lear by Shakespeare King Lear is quite an interesting piece to read as it embodies numerous ideas about nature. I am so much in love with nature. The animal kingdom and heavenly bodies, for instance, come out clear in the speeches by the characters. The characters justify their actions according to their understanding of the nature. For instance, Lear sees himself as superior to the whole world that consists of forests, rivers, champagne and meads. He dispenses his children due to this mastery of the world. He vows by the sunrays and the mysteries of the night when disowning Cordilla. This pattern of using nature to justify various concepts is quite appealing. However, it is wrong for Lear to use nature to reject nature. Nature also appears as a possessing a powerful force that cannot be controlled by man. Hurricanes, cataracts, thunder, and fire are all portrayed as very powerful natural forces.
King Lear has multiple plot lines as with many plays by Shakespeare. Within these plot lines, there are familial tensions that revolve around inheritance. Animals abound in the play. There are about 57 different animals. The abundance of animals is serves as imagery to explain most of the tensions in the play. Precisely, animals portray the integration and confusion in the society, which makes the younger generation grow wild. Children descend upon old men with too much cruelty to bear. Images of beasts of prey abound in the play and are linked to the theme of cruelty. Wolves, serpents, tigers and sea monsters kill their victims mercilessly. Their teeth, talons and claws are so sharp that the victim rarely survives. These images combined give the impression of torture and pain, which are at the heart of the play.
Work Cited
Shakespeare, William. King Lear (Modern Library Classics). New York: Modern Library, 2009.Print.

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