Date of Award

5-1-2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

McGrath, Patrick

Abstract

At the conclusion of King Lear, Lear has become a man with nothing to his name. His kingdom, family, and subjects have all but abandoned him. Whatever power or prestige he enjoyed at the beginning of the play, has been taken away from him by force. This paper focuses on how Lear has been devalued as a person throughout the play. By focusing on moral value and monetary value, this paper demonstrates how Lear’s own actions as well as his advanced age lead to his declination from King to a beast of burden.

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