The relationship between vices and Justice in Lear

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  • Relationship between vice and justice in Lear
    • Define a vice: Someone's flaw or folly
      • Examples of vices in Lear: Pride, ignorance, Blindness, Greed,  Loyalty
      • Lear's vices cause the WHOLE tragedy
        • King Lear is a play that confuses morality with foolishness as well as mingles insanity with wisdom.
    • Define Justice: Balance of order and retribution
      • Examples of justice: Edmund being killed by Edgar, the deaths of the bad characters, Lear's whole journey?
        • Does the punishment match the severity of the act?
      • Is the ending the balance of justice? CORDELIA
        • Poetic justice (Edgar, Gloucester and Edmund)
          • Glouctester mistreats Edmund so Edmund betrays him/ Edgar remains loyal and becomes King/ Edmund betrays Edgar and Edgar kills him
    • The vices of characters cause the imbalance of justice in the play and the deaths of these characters= restoration of justice
      • An unforgiving divine force
        • LEAR THINKING HE CAN CONTROL IT AO2
    • "Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,That thou mayst shake the superflux to them,And show the heavens more just"
      • The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices. Make instruments to plague us.
    • As flies to wanton boys are we to the godsThey kill us for their sport.
      • All friends shall tasteThe wages of their virtue and all foesThe cup of their deservings.
    • "a poor, infirm, weak and despised old man"
    • "I stumbled when I saw"
      • The sweet and bitter fool

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