King Lear: A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning? Essay

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King Lear—A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning?
     A King is supposed to have all that he needs without having to worry about anything in his late years. Yet King Lear, in Act 3, Scene 2, cried out in pitifully: “I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.'; Although Lear has made a huge mistake in the first scene of the play in dividing up his kingdom and banishing his two dearest people, the sins his two other ungrateful daughters have done him is far greater than the extent of Lear’s wrongs.
     After dividing the kingdom, Lear gave everything to his two daughters on the condition that he would keep his title as King, keep his entourage and that he
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This is like stripping away his title as king. Without his entourage, Lear would have nothing left. Goneril’s lack of compassion is also shown.
     Lear, broken-hearted, turns to his other daughter Regan for shelter instead. Yet he is in for another disappointment. Regan, having received the letter from Goneril, departed for Gloucester’s castle, cruelly deciding not to be at home when Lear came to visit:
     “Our father he hath writ, so hath our sister,
     Of differences, which I best thought it fit
     To answer from our home.'; (I, iv, 22-24)
Regan is extremely cruel in not wanting to welcome her father. Her father had loved her and nurtured her since childhood and all he asked for was to visit her occasionally and she runs away from it. When Lear finally arrived at Regan’s , he was shocked to see that Kent was placed in stocks, being held responsible for provoking a fight with Oswald. Even Gloucester is disturbed by how Kent is mistreated:
     “…The King must take it ill

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