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Although it is never too late to learn, those lessons learned in old age are often the most difficult and the most costly. Following Lear's dispute with Goneril, the Fool tell him, "Thou shoulds't not have been old till thou hads't/ Been wise" [I, v, 43-44]. In William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, Lear illustrates that wisdom does not necessarily come with age. The mistakes that Lear make leave him vulnerable to disappointment and suffering at a time in his life where he should be enjoying peace and contentment. This is shown through his rash decisions and his hints of madness throughout the play. Although Lear does achieve wisdom before he dies, he pays a dear price for living his life unwisely.
Right in the beginning of King Lear, Lear is marred by his inability to predict the consequences of his actions. Lear asks his three daughters to co
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- Kent reprimands Lear for his rash decision in disowning Cordelia, "Be Kent unmannerly/ When Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old man?" ...
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