Justice in “King Lear”

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Essay #: 070520
Total text length is 7,495 characters (approximately 5.2 pages).

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Justice in "King Lear"
In a choice between justice and mercy, justice would be the best choice. The choice is based on the belief that justice represents both an internal moral compass which is reflected in societal institutions that would ensure that the moral compass that guides men’s lives, are upheld by all. The need for this is reflected in Gloucester’s comments when he says, “I have no way, and therefore want no eyes; I stumbled when I saw.” ‘Eyes’ in the text is read as a moral compass, and the text seems to indicate that Gloucester has realized that he had no moral compass and, therefore, what use would eyes be to him, because when he did have eyes he still stumbled. He was blinded by ‘means’ and his ‘defects’ he realizes are quite...
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.....an that makes his toe What he his heart should make Shall of a corn cry woe, and turn his sleep to wake.” This theme of homelessness is subtly echoed in Edgar’s comments to the Fool overheard by the King, when Edgar says, “Away! The foul fiend follows me! Through the sharp hawthorn blows the cold wind. Hum! Go to thy cold bed, and warm thee.” Edgar is echoing the Fool and King’s earlier comments about the weather, and adds the sting of reminding the King that they have no bed to go to
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warm themselves. The King, looking for company in his misery asks, “Hast thou given all to thy two daughters? And art thou come to this?” In Edgar (disguised as Tom), the King sees himself and all that he has lost.
Works Cited
Shakespear, W. King Lear. n.d.