Essay Archive - King Lear: Main Issues
King Lear: Main Issues
"In both plays, the main issues are resolved in the final scenes of the play." To what extent is this true for either King Lear or Henry IV part I?
In King Lear, the main issue to be resolved is self-knowledge, duty of kingship and fatherhood, and clear vision. These issues are addressed in King Lear, as Lear and Gloucester travel through their journey of self exploration, and is achieved in the final scenes of the play, only after immense suffering.
The opening scenes of the play address the audience with the initial issues to be resolved. In the first scene, Lear speaks of the "....