Dey 2Lear and in Disgrace. In the absence of social order, the animal instincts prevail and thesubordinates become superior.The triumph of animal instincts over normality is visible in King Lear. The animalinstincts in King Lear are of subhuman nature. They tend to constitute more of Visigothanattitudes than Athenian ones. The excess of Visigothan attitudes of immorality and ingratituderesult in social disintegration. Social order establishes moral code. But when Lear gives up hisauthority, it creates a hole in the fabric through which diabolic attitudes slip into the lives of characters. These inhumane emotions have been personified in the characters of Goneril andRegan. If the analogy of goodness and evil constituting in an individual and the excess of oneover the other determining the character of the person is true , then the daughters wereoverridden by vicious and barbarian attributes. This is easily visible in the animal imagery usedthroughout the play. Animals such as kites, sea monsters and serpents are compared to theungrateful daughters. Lear recognizes the venomous trait of Goneril as he ponders ³how sharper than a serpent¶s tooth it is/ to have a thankless child!´ (Shakespeare, I, iv, 288-9). The animalemotion of being flattered by the masters is also portrayed. King Lear was ³flattered like a dog´(Shakespeare, IV, iv, 98). He donned the convincing flattery of his daughters. Like a dog, his egowas massaged and caressed. Later, he is dumped into the forest because of his senility. King Lear indicates there is only a subtle difference between animals and humans when he says ³Allow notnature more than nature needs,/ Man¶s life¶s as cheap as beast¶s´ (Shakespeare, II,iv,88-9). In away, humans fall to animal like state if anyone is ridden of their heavenly virtues.