Appearance Versus Reality Is Reoccurring Throughout The Play Of King Lear By William Shakespeare

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The theme of appearance versus reality is reoccurring throughout the play of King Lear by William Shakespeare. There is an evident contrast between reality as opposed to appearance. Reality is the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to appearance to be an idealistic or notional idea of them. Appearance is an imagination, while reality is an actual existence. In King Lear there are many characters that appear to be, what in reality, they are not. Since one cannot see into another 's character, you can never identify someone for who they truly are. The following characters are victims to appearance versus reality or present themselves falsely; King Lear 's two oldest sisters, Gloucester, and The Fool. These Characters make it evident that appearance versus reality is displayed throughout the whole play. King Lear 's two oldest daughters: Regan, and Goneril portrayed themselves as loving and loyal to their father. The sisters reveal their love and affection to their father through their deceiving words and convinced him they do indeed love him so he would share his wealth with them. Goneril stated to her father in the quote, "Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter; Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty; beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; no less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor; as much child e 'er, or father found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable. Beyond all matter of much so I love you."(Act…

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