Explore the different symbols and motifs within William Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear.
Contact Author Cordelia's Farewell Source King Lear is a play that confuses morality with foolishness, as well as mingles insanity with wisdom. William Shakespeare, notorious for his clever wordplay, wrote it so that King Lear 's wisest characters are portrayed as making foolish decisions.
Shakespeare wants to portray how sometimes what appears to be a foolish idea when it comes to money is often the wisest decision of all.
One example is when Cordelia, King Lear's daughter, chooses to be honest rather than flatter her father King Lear at the beginning of the play. Although her decision may appear to be foolish on the surface, she proves herself to have made the wisest decision by remaining true to herself.
Shakespeare shows in many of his plays that character is of utmost importance in a person's life, and he definitely proves his point in King Lear. King Lear also finds that the line between foolishness and wisdom may not always be clear. For instance, Lear's greatest sources of wisdom are found through two of the most unlikely sources: The fool plays a central part in bringing out Lear's transformation from a man full of pride and ignorance and a fool himself to a man who becomes wise through his humility.
The fool remains by Lear's side despite his growing insanity in the third act. Ironically, as Lear's insanity increases, so does his wisdom—until he is able to see wisdom on his own without the fool.
Shakespeare chooses to express the ongoing theme of fools having wisdom and wise choices appearing foolish through a reversal in the hierarchy of Fool and King, the use of "moral fool[ishness]," and the ignorant decisions of Lear.
Cordelia Source Reversal in Hieracrhy Reversal in hierarchy plays a central part in the king and the fool's relationship. The fool assists Lear in gaining wisdom and humility.
He is the only person from whom the king accepts blatant honesty and criticism from. Therefore, through the use of humor, the fool is able to discuss serious subjects without the king feeling defensive. He does so when he says, "All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.
It is not until Lear has become completely mad that he begins to make wise choices. Lear needed this reversal in roles in order to develop as a character. The fool is very aware of this reversal in hierarchy, as he makes clear many times throughout the play.
By giving away his kingdom, the king has made himself obsolete and without a role in society. Again, the fool deliberately refers to the reversal in hierarchy when he says, "There, take my coxcomb.
Why this fellow has banished two on's daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will. That sir which serves and seeks for gain, And follows but for form, Will pack when it begins to rain And leave thee in the storm. But I will tarry; the fool will stay, And let the wise man fly.
The knave turns fool that runs away; The fool no knave, perdy. By stating that "the fool" is "no knave" and the "knave turns fool" shows that he is very aware of the reversal. The words knave and fool often are used to describe the same type of person, although they are not synonyms.
If he were a servant that was only there for the material gain, he would have abandoned Lear when things became difficult. The fool is doing what he believes is right.
He recognizes that he is one of the few sources of wisdom that the king listens to; therefore, he declares that he will remain faithful to the king when he says, "but I will tarry, the fool will stay. Fortunately for Lear, the fool remains by Lear's side, acting as a source of wisdom until the third act, after which the fool no longer appears in the play again.
This does not indicate that wisdom has left Lear. In fact, it means quite the opposite. Even though King Lear is becoming more and more insane, he begins proving his wisdom.
For instance, when he reunites with Cordelia, he states, "I am a very foolish fond old man. He now sees Goneril and Regan for the cruel individuals they are.
Goneril views Albany as a fool because he places his morals before his goals. She feels that one should do whatever they can in order to get a desired outcome. Morals Used Foolishly The idea that morals can be used foolishly is present throughout the play.
In his eyes, honesty is seen as a weakness rather than an asset. Therefore, it is "foolish" to be honest. Edmund feels the only way to get what you want is through deceit. He also feels that due to their honesty, his plans to usurp his brother's birthright will be much easier.Biology Final.
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