The King Lear By William Shakespeare

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The play “King Lear” written by William Shakespeare can be told in many different types of literature theories such as the Feminist theory which consist of describing the differences between men and women, or the Marxist approach which includes the art, literature and ideologies. I chose to do the Psychoanalytic or Freudian theory as it is often called which is another form of literature theory. The Psychoanalytic theory is very similar to the Formalist approach. This theory encompasses essentially on two almost contradictory critical theories. The first theory focuses mainly on the text itself, while the second focuses mainly on the author. This theory also focuses on by examining the ...view middle of the document...

The next time we hear from her is when she’s on the beach or something talking to a few servants from France telling them to go and search for her father who is on the run at that time. Then again we hear from her later on in act four or five when they are at war and both Cordelia and King Lear get captured as prisoners. Cordelia says a few words before they send her and King Lear away then that is the last time we hear from her because she gets killed.
The next character is another one of King Lear’s daughters Regan. Regan is one of the main characters so she is mentioned a whole lot throughout the entire play. The first conflict we see Reagan get into is in act one in the room with her father and sisters praising their love for the king. She lies to the king about how much she loves him, but the king doesn’t care because he thinks it is true and is pleased with what she said so in return he gives her a part of his land. In reality her and Goneril Lears other daughter are plotting against him so they can gain more power and land. In the next act Regan and Goneril send letters to each other to start their plot against their father the king. So in act two when King Lear goes to visit her she tells Oswald to tell Lear that she isn’t feeling well, and if he continues to ask for her to ignore him. Regan starts by lowering the amount of follower that Lear can keep; then Goneril lowers it even more. The next conflict she gets into is in act three when she tells her husband Cornwall to pluck out both of Gloucester’s eyes because she feels that he need to be further punished for his treason. In the Gloucester scene Regan’s husband get killed by a servant and she is outraged about that. Later on in the play Regan and her sister Goneril get into an argument because they both have a thing for Edward the bastard but at the same time they are both married the only difference is that Regan is a widow. Then after the war scene Regan gets up from the table and says that she isn’t feeling well and that’s the last time we see or hear from her because she got poisoned and died.
The final character is old King Lear; I saved the best for last. King Lear is the main character which is why the play is called “King Lear” in the first place, and he also gets into the most conflicts. The first conflict that Lear gets into is in act one in the room with his three daughters having them praise their love for him. The reason why this is his first conflict is because he wants them to show him that they deserve his land by showing love for him. Another reason is because he gets into an argument with his youngest daughter Cordelia because she tells him how much she loves him and he is displeased with her answer, and then banishes her. All King Lear wants to do is give his land to his three daughters because he is getting very old and might...

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