Chaos in King Lear - As Reflected in the Supernatural, Nature

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A device which Shakespeare often utilized to convey the confusion and chaos within the plot of his plays, is the reflection of that confusion and chaos in the natural environment of the setting, along with supernatural anomalies and animal imageries. In King Lear, these devices are used to communicate the plot, which is summarized by Gloucester as: …This villain of mine comes under the prediction: there’s son against father. The King falls from bias …

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…good characters to animals which corresponds to the nature of that character also heightened the audience’s grasp of the evilness and goodness of that character. Through examination of these comparisons with nature, association with the supernatural and depiction of animals in King Lear, it can clearly be seen why this is one of Shakespeare’s most successful tragedy as the audience is deeply entrenched into the plot and the characters by his skillful writing.