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Theory Wrap Up

Theory Wrap Up

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Published by Stuart Henderson

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Published by: Stuart Henderson on Aug 12, 2012
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Theoretical Wrap-Up
Getting you a little versed in all of the theories
Psychoanalysis - Paul A.Cantor
  What he ultimately discovers is that there is a fracture between wisdom and power.
In Act One, Lear is a commanding leader and his subjects follow him without question. Kent’s
devotion to him is testament to the power and authority he has built for himself 
As Lear works through the play, his power is undermined and he goes through an extensive processof self-learning, or developing self-knowledge. It is this process that ultimately gains him wisdom, but reduces him to a state where he can no longer have authority.
Once he sees all humanity as beastly, he can no longer separate criminals from authority, andtherefore can no longer properly act as a political authority himself 
The Lear of the storm sees humanity in natural terms, not political terms. This is why the clothingimagery in the play is so important.
So, politics and authority can no longer matter when the natural order requires no politics orauthority 
things just exist in a natural state.
Beyond this though, what we get in Act 4 Scene 7 can be seen as a representation of humanperfection.
So, Shakespeare provides us with both base humanity and perfect humanity, Lear experiences both.
Psychoanalysis - Paul A.Cantor
 Lear can no longer rule because the way he sees humanity has fundamentally changed
he sees it as either beastly orangelic, and neither need figures of authority to guide them.
That as humans, we need figures of power for the very fact
that we are not animals or angels. As Cantor says: “man is a
composite being, a perplexing mix of body and spirit. It isprecisely for this reason that human beings require politicallife: to deal with the problems created by the tension between
 body and spirit.” Unfortunately, Lear is unable to see this, but
the play helps us see this and perhaps reassures us as thereason why we allow ourselves to live in systems of power andauthority.

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