This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Comparison Of The Outcomes Of Othello And King Lear

558 words - 2 pages

The Tragic Outcome of Othello and King Lear

 

Two Sources        In Othello and Lear, Shakespeare contrasts two endings that tragedy can bring.  As Lear is thrown from kingship, he begins to see through his previous misconceptions about love, justice, and the nature of authority.  Othello, on the other hand, held no real misconceptions about the world.  He begins the tragedy nearly perfect, already a realist, knowing, for instance, that he is safe from scandal because of his ability as a general.  The tragedy that befalls Othello cannot lead to any radically different awareness, and while Othello sees a few things more clearly is his death, such as his role in society, he is principally simply in despair.  Those who are furthest from the truth have the most to gain from the tragic cycle.

 

            Lear opens the play with the standard Shakespearean equation of appearance equals reality.  In order to determine how his power and land is to be distributed he asks his daughters to tell him how much they love him, blatantly asking them to put honesty and morality before their self-interest.  He believes, apparently, that they will do so, in that he rewards the daughters who give him the most overblown imagery and metaphor in describing their love.  When the daughter he ought to know loves him most gives the simplest and least overdone explanation of her love, he disinherits her for it.  He then procedes to exile his best and most honest advisor and stomps off.  Lear has a lot to learn here about who is telling the truth when and how you can tell.  Lear's subsequent downfall leads him to reconsider his actions...

Find Another Essay On A Comparison of the Outcomes of Othello and King Lear

A Comparison Between the Plots of King Lear and Much Ado about Nothing

1194 words - 5 pages from his position of power, offering each of his daughters a share of his land in exchange for proclaiming their love for him. Cordelia refuses to do so, and is banished. In the alternative plot in King Lear, Edmund is turning his father on his legitimate brother, Edgar. In Much Ado about Nothing, the rising action begins as soon as Claudio lays eyes on Hero. From here he begins to court her, hoping to marry her. Now in comparison, these plays

Comparision of the tragic characters in Othello and King Lear in accordance with aspects of a tragic character

1842 words - 7 pages playwright of the 17th century, composed many tragedies, including King Lear and Othello, which exemplified the characteristics of a tragic hero outlined by Aristotle. The main characters in King Lear and Othello share many of the traits essential to tragic characters, yet they differ in their specific actions taken.At the start of the two plays, both King Lear and Othello are presented as men of a high rank and importance. Othello is presented as a

The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear

2331 words - 9 pages The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear similarly experience an "unhooking" (Tompkins) in the eponymous plays. These tragic figures struggle with internal and external femininity: after realizing their emotions and labeling them feminine, they identify women as the source of this negative femininity. Their inability to deal with the female gender in any form destabilizes their

Villains, Sin, and Sex in Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear

1475 words - 6 pages Villains, Sin, and Sex in Othello and King Lear    Many of Shakespeare plays are littered with crude and graphic sexual references, jests, and insults. But there is one type of character present throughout Shakespeare's plays that twist the sexual imagery and repartee, and that is the villain. There is a deeply rooted combination between sex and evil.  This essay will develop this idea in depth by focusing on Iago of Othello and Edmund of

Analyzing Shakespeare´s Account of Human Nature in King Lear in Comparison With Other Authors

1697 words - 7 pages portray that human nature is either entirely good or entirely evil. He seems to suggest, however, that it is not impossible for one to move from one end of the spectrum of human nature to the other, as multiple characters go through somewhat of a metamorphosis where their nature is changed. In this paper I analyze and present Shakespeare’s account of human nature in King Lear in comparison with other authors that we have read throughout our year

Comparison Shakespears plays: King Lear vs. Hamlet

1107 words - 4 pages present all that is right and wrong with a father's relationship with his children. Lear is used to enjoying absolute power and to being flattered and he does not respond well being disagreed with and challenged. He wants to be treated as a king and to enjoy the title but he doesn't want to fulfill king's obligations of governing for the good of his subjects. At the beginning of the play his values are notably hollow; he prioritizes the appearance of

Mary, Eve, and Lilith in Shakespeare's King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth

3267 words - 13 pages Mary, Eve, and Lilith in King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth       Feminist criticism often explores the symbolic or archetypal use of the Biblical figures of Mary and Eve in literary criticism. One figure which seems appropriate to such discussions, but so far neglected it seems, is the figure of Lilith. Indeed, in the case of Shakespearean criticism, Lilith seems an appropriate model at times for such characters as Goneril, Regan, Lady

King Lear and the Genre of Tragedy

1299 words - 6 pages A tragedy is a genre typically defined as a play that deals with a series of events that lead to the downfall of the hero. Written between 1604 and 1606, ‘King Lear’ falls into the genre of tragedy, depicting the destruction and downfall of the main character (Abrams). The play centres on Lear, an aging king who, in his retirement, decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters while retaining the title and privileges of being king

King Lear and the Theme of Tragedy

1175 words - 5 pages A tragedy is a genre typically defined as a play that deals with a series of events that lead to the downfall of the hero. Written between 1604 and 1606, ‘King Lear’ falls into this genre of tragedy, depicting the destruction and demise of the main character (Abrams). The play centres on Lear, an aging king who, in his retirement, decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters while retaining the title and privileges of being king

Oedipus the King and The Tragedy of King Lear

1190 words - 5 pages Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear One of the key themes in both Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is the importance of having a good understanding of our condition as human beings – knowing ourselves, the world that surrounds us and our place in it. At the same time, however, both authors recognize the fact that blindness to this knowledge of the human condition is

A Comparison of Othello and The Great Gatsby

1031 words - 4 pages Throughout history, women’s place and role in society has changed. Women are often seen as a lower status and have a need to be taken care of by men. There are conflicts with the idealization of women as they are often overlooked and viewed as secondary characters. This idealization is well established in the characters of Desdemona in Othello and Daisy in The Great Gatsby. In F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and Shakespeare‘s play

Similar Essays

Othello & King Lear A Comparison

1210 words - 5 pages is recorded in the Stratfordregister of 1654 grew up into the man who wrote such famousplays still known all over the world, as we type.Imagery used in Othello and King Lear.In Othello and King Lear Shakespeare uses a lot ofimagery. The main image in Othello is that of animals inaction, preying upon one another, mischievous, lascivious,cruel or suffering, and through these, the general sense ofpain and unpleasantness is much increased and kept

A Comparison Of "Old Goriot" And "King Lear"

2020 words - 8 pages untimely death at the hands of a friend of Vautrin's. Cordelia's husband, the King of France, attacks England in order to help Lear in his fight with his daughters. Similarly Mme Couture, Victorine's self-appointed guardian and friend, aids her in her battle to win back her father's affections. Lear discovers quite quickly that he has made a fatal error in judgement by favouring Goneril and Regan over Cordelia. His realisation sends him mad

A Comparison Of The Plot Development Of King Lear And Much Ado About Nothing

1179 words - 5 pages There are many things that you have to consider when you are writing a play or a story, about anything. The most important thing to consider when writing something is the plot development and how you are going to set everything up to make the ending fabulous! The play King Lear by William Shakespeare, and the play Much Ado About Nothing also by Shakespeare are very good examples of a writer setting up a play with a well thought out plot

A Comparison Of Pride In King Lear And The Duchess Of Malfi

1568 words - 6 pages The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess of Malfi   In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while