Friday, 22 March 2019
Getting Learical: Gods, Elements and Amusing (or Heartrending) Self-Con
When Lear is metaphorically strentped of his manhood in Act Two, horizon Four of the sportsman that bears his name, the audience is left to ponder over the quantitative loss of power which accompanies the man who has been duped out of his kingdom by his daughters. surely Shakespeares use of a specific number of men serves to appropriate a concrete example of the sad old mans dwindling power. The scene is almost always staged to portray a pathetic Lear, betrayed by his daughters, bereft of a kingdom and ripped from his wizard-hundred soldiers his last obstinance and sole-signifier of his time as king. However, in a legitimate examination of the text, angiotensin converting enzyme can find deduction for a sympathetic reading of the daughters who rip the kingdom from their father and steal away his train. Goneril and Regan stand in the glutinous position of removing freedoms from their father. These freedoms, specifically the rowdy entourage of soldiers, represent a really r eal danger to Goneril and Regan. Faced with the possibility of death at the pass on of an army commanded by a madman, Goneril and Regan, who so often are maligned, twain in performance and in interpretation of the text, act logically and subjugate a disastrous situation. Lear, who must audiences align themselves with, in contrast, speaks in contradictories, superlatives and curses, and reinforcing the argument Goneril and Regan put forth for taking away Lears army. beforehand introducing my argument in the text, I conjure to acknowledge the varying validities of otherwise stagings or readings of the text. That is, I believe there is significant textual evidence for staging Goneril and Regan in a villainous role. I simply wish to argue that the text supports additional readings. The Goneril and Regan as villains ... ... Lears fall from grace. Yet, one must always remember that Lear, and not his daughters, initiated the ceremony of succession. Goneril and Regan exercised no co up. Lears loss of manpower is all the more pathetic because Lear is the author of it. Lear objurgate up the fallacious test. Goneril and Regan simply manipulated the test for their own gain. In hurt of their dubious motives, the sisters approached the entourage question in an just reasonable manner. It was in fact, in good time (2.4.249) that Lear gave all to his daughters. The play ends tragically. That point cannot be disputed, but one cannot escape the fact that Lear, with radical hubris, commanded the heavens and the elements to blind his daughters. What kind of tragedy might have transpired had Lear commanded an spotless army, capable of hearing and attending to every word, upon his daughters instead?