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of Gloucester, Albany and
Lear: from irrational to sensible, subservient to self-determined and from oblivious to
observant respectively. One of the reasons King Lear has been considered one of the
greatest literary pieces is because Shakespeare superbly shows the development of these
characters. It is the progression of his characters that makes the tragedy so interesting and
enjoyable. The concept that people go through changes thoughout their life is an
underlying theme throughout the play.