Hey, I have to write an essay on King Lear. The topic is below, If anyone kindly guid me on this essay. TOPIC Sophocles implies that “no matter what man does, he cannot change what the gods have...

Hey, I have to write an essay on King Lear. The topic is below, If anyone kindly guid me on this essay.

TOPIC

Sophocles implies that “no matter what man does, he cannot change what the gods have decreed”; Shakespeare states that “both fate and man’s own character traits shape his destiny”. Discuss the thoughts of both these men in relationship to king Lear and explain how they are manifested in the play.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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I can't find references to either of your quotes of Sophocles or Shakespeare, so I'm assuming that these are paraphrases.  A supporting quote from Lear that comes to mind from IV.1: "As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods, They kill us for their sport."

Not only does this describe the capricious nature of divinities, it implies that one's fate cannot be avoided -- what the gods decide will be what occurs. It appears then that at least this quote supports the Sophoclean view that one's fate is one's fate, and that is that.

If you wanted to argue the "Shakespearian" view, you could state that Lear was fated to be king, but his poor decisions, based on a his character traits, on how to disburse his kingdom caused the tragedy for all the parties involved.

 

 

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