Essay On King Lear, By Shakespeare. A Discussion Of Three Characters And Their Roles In The Play.

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EnglishKing lear essayIn the beginning of the play, Kent is the voice of reason as well as a sort of prophet. He foresees Lear's madness, and he foresees the trouble that will come from dividing the kingdom between his two eldest daughters and banishing Cordelia. He tells Lear that Cordelia does not love him the least, and that he is being foolish and irrational. He is the only one who dares to get in Lear's face about this, saying:Let it fall rather, though the fork invadeThe region of my heart: be Kent unmannerly,When Lear is mad. What wilt thou do, old man?Think'st thou that duty shall have dread to speak,When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's bound,When majesty stoops to folly. Reverse thy doom;And, in thy best consideration, chequeThis hideous rashness: answer my life my judgment,Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least;Nor are those empty-hearted whose low soundReverbs no hollowness.Lear is very easy to agitate, and definitely not used to being talked to this way. When he banishes kent in a fit of rage, he loses what could have been a very valuable councilor. Kent is perhaps his best and most loyal councilor, the only one who will do anything to help Lear, even stand up to him. Although Kent comes back, he is unable to give much council or advice, being a mere servant and henchman. He never really comes back as the same Kent. The Kent from the opening scene pretty much disappears when he is banished.The fool is a very important character in the play. He is the only one who is able to tell Lear the brutal truth and not get banished or killed for it. Although Lear threatens him a few times in the beginning, it seems that even he knows how valuable the fool is. Lear pays attention to the fools advice and rantings, and it sometimes seems like the fool is the only character in the play who Lear seems to like and take...

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