The Truth Of Suffering In King Lear

Edgar: O, matter and impertinency mixed,
Reason in madness! (4.6.192-93)
Reason in madness, truth in suffering, and sight in blindness all
contain the same basic meaning. In order to find and recognize our real
selves and the truth, we must suffer. These various themes are continually
illustrated throughout Shakespeare's King Lear. Their effects are not
solely felt by Lear and Gloucester. All sincerely “good” characters in the
play must, in some way, suffer before they can gain wisdom and truth. Some
characters are made to suffer more, some less. The truths and wisdom
gained are what give the drama its substance. These truths are universal.
The “good” characters represent everyone ...

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Obey you, love you, and most honor you........
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
Sure I shall never marry like my sisters,
To love my father all. (1.1.105-15)

Cordelia's plight is only one of the many truths Lear is unable to see.
Since he is king, he is told only what he wants to hear, not necessarily
the truth. Slowly, as his other two daughters shun him, he suffers through
the storm, and is able to see. He is no longer writing his own truths. He
is forced to see and feel what many feel daily: rejection, deceit, pain,
etc. He slowly realizes Cordelia is his only truly loving daughter. He
could never realize this if he had not gone mad. His madness brings him to
a place where he no longer lives by the same code. In his madness, the
truths are not necessarily what he wants them to be. The storm allows him
to not only realize Cordelia loves him, but also to come to an
understanding of what ...

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