King Lear

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In the play King Lear by Shakespeare, the destruction of social, natural, personal, familial and divine old order is a main part of the play. We can see the destruction of familial order when King Lear announces that he is going to divide his kingdom among his three daughters and whoever proclaims to love him the most, he will give them a bigger share of the kingdom (Act I Scene I). The destruction of the family does not actually occur until his favourite daughter proclaims the she cannot "heave her heart into her mouth" and that her sisters wouldn't have husbands if they loved their father as much as they claim to.
Lear gets into an awful rage after his youngest daughter's speech and disowns her and splits up her share of the kingdom between her two sisters. His reason for doing that is because he saw her reply as to how much she loves him as an insult to him and his pride.This rage and spiteful action against Cordelia, shows the destruction of family old order, because by Lear denying Cordelia of what is rightfully hers, he has pitted her against her tow sisters, because they have received her share. He has turned his family upside down due to one statement that doesn't sit right with him and his egotistical macho pride.
We see the destruction of personal order when Lear lets his pride get to him and exiles one of his closest companions all because he disagrees with him.Lear wants to be surrounded by'yes' men, and gets into an uproar if an honest person who was once very close to him decides that Lear did not make a proper decision. The exiling of the earl of Kent by King Lear was not a smart decision, because Kent was a very intelligent man who knew what Lear was doing to his family is wrong, and tried to show him that. This expiation directed towards Kent was a devastation of personal order, because Lear removed one of the faithful, most honest companions from near him. Lear's…