Wisdom is known as a trait mostly associated with the elderly and very valued nowadays. However , do all old men truly possess wisdom basically because they can see their particular deaths in the future? In both King Lear by Shakespeare and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, the protagonists get wisdom following undergoing tests of sufferings and difficulties. Despite learning similar lessons, both of these men begin their very own quest because completely different persons. Morrie, the main character in Tuesdays with Morrie highlights the value of along with love, whilst King Lear on the other hand views these beliefs as minor pursuits which will at best can be used to elevate his ego.
Morrie is disappointed by the way things are in his contemporary society; contrarily Ruler Lear primarily shows zero sign or worry nor does he drastically care for his community. Morrie’s views on death suggest that this can be a natural process that is essentially an ideal way to live, whereas Full Lear still strives to live a kingly life regardless of his negotiating to divide his land between his daughters.
Although King Lear and Morrie differ completely in both equally character and beliefs, initially the two men come to get true wisdom and knowledge by suffering from a fact of life what kind can respect as a phenomena; death. Equally Morrie and King Lear differ in values when it comes to understanding the rules of life. Morrie’s morals are simple indicating that fatality is a increased sentence in every area of your life rather than having lived with no love: “If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you receive from a family, you don’t have very much at all. Appreciate is so very important. As our wonderful poet Auden said ‘Love each other or perish’(Albom 91). Morrie’s theory proposes that it is better to expire than to live a life barren of love. Due to Morrie’s pervious insufficient affection in the life since a child, it is because of this that this individual emphasizes the importance of love and family. Alternatively, King Lear believes that his relatives only is available to serve his requires. Lear’s certainty on is exemplified when he questions his daughters about how much they will love him:
Tell me, my own daughters
(Since now we will divest us both these styles rule
Interest of territory, cares of state)
Which of you shall we say doth love us most
That we the largest resources may extend
In which nature doth with merit challenge (I i 50-55).
King Lear pitted his daughters against each other in a competition not only satisfies his lust for the reassurance of affection, but likewise to search for the greatest candidate to get his personal benefits. His affection towards his daughters is definitely evidently conditional, even though Cordelia is his known favourite amongst all three of them. The moment Cordelia to some extent questions her father’s motives he alerts her by saying: “How, how, Cordelia? Mend your speech slightly, Lest you might mar your fortunes (I i 96-97). King Lear justifies his belief that love within a family is fragmentario, that is, this individual should only receive love but not offer any, for that reason contradicting Morrie’s beliefs and love to get his friends and family. Lear however realizes the real value of love and family when Cordelia returns to him inspite of his activities towards her, his conclusion however is too late while Lear quickly learns of her fatality at the end of the play.
In the meantime Morrie learns the value of like through his experience of missing it previous in his your life. Both California king Lear and Morrie figure out how to cherish family and life following coming to conditions with death, and noticing the problems of their individual societies. In addition to life principles, protagonists in both works of literary works also have different perspectives on life and society. California king Lear accepts his society’s hierarchy seeing that he’s the ascendancy towards the throne. The moment talking to his daughters Lear says: “With reservation of your hundred knights/By you to be sustained, shall our abode/ Make along by credited turns (I i 135-137). Proving as the head of society, King Lear justifies his opinions by underfeeding yourself 100 knights for his personal benefits. Morrie however is disgusted by materialistic globe his society values: Did you know how they brainwash people? That they repeat something over and over again. Which is what we do with this country. Owning things great. More money is good. More property is good. Even more commercialism can be good¦We repeat it-and have it repeated to us-over and over until no person bother to even believe otherwise (Albom 124).
Morrie believes can be community is definitely guilty of promoting materialism instead of important things including love. His hatred to this take action is tested by hiswords and teachings as he delivers forth his answer why society acts in this manner: “You know how I usually interpreted that? These people had been so hungry for appreciate that they were accepting substitutes (Albom 125). The theme of wisdom is definitely evidently demonstrated as Morrie wisely points out that materialism is merely influenced by the deficiency of love in one’s life. Similarly, Ruler Lear likewise realizes the troubles of his contemporary society while encountering hardships: “Thou rascal beadle, hold thy bloody hand! / So why dost thou lash that whore? Deprive thy own back; / Thou hotly lusts to work with her in this kind/ Which is why thou whip’st her. The usurer hangs the cozener (IV vi 162-165).
Full Lear concerns realize the flaws in the social persuits of his time and how it party favors the abundant and frowns upon poor people. His understanding brought upon him a feeling of regret because of not being a just king and for allowing his materialism to deceive him into mistreating the poor: “Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are, / That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, as well as How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, / Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you/ From periods such as these? O, I have ta’en/ Too little care of this! (III 4 28- 33). King Lear acquires intelligence about the down sides his society is facing only following going through tough tribulations, whereas Morrie was always aware about these issues and always spoke away against these people. Both Morrie and Full Lear became aware of the issues imbedded within their cultures through the realization with their near fatalities.
Besides thoughts about life and society, Morrie and Lear also got contrasting views on fatality well before getting their intelligence. King Lear believes that he would expire as full even in his old age and after dividing his kingdom amidst his children: “With booking of an 100 knights/By one to be continual, shall each of our abode/ Help to make with you by simply due turns only we need to retain/ The name, and everything th’ addition to a king (I we 135-138). The thought of death or perhaps saying adios to family members never crosses Lear’s head as he strives to maintain his title actually after giving way his kingdom and wealth. However, Morrie thinks that death is the ideal approach to live and should be accepted: “Oh certainly, you strip away all that stuff and you concentrate on the essentials. When you realize you are going to die, the thing is everything very much differently¦Learn how to die, and you learn how to live (Albom 83).
Morrie’s theory is- that if more people live knowing that they could pass away at any moment then the world would be a morepositive place. His beliefs likewise reflect his optimism great gratefulness to his disease as well as knowing the amount of time he has to declare his farewells: “It’s awful to watch my body wilt aside to practically nothing. But it’s also wonderful because of all the time I actually get to declare good-bye. (Albom 57). On the other hand, King Lear is coming to terms with his own death. When ever Gloucestor askes to kiss his hands, he responds: “Let me personally wipe that first, this smells of mortality (IV vi 125-126).
Lear’s newly found humbleness is demonstrated as he learns the acceptance of death. Morrie and Lear both attained wisdom and enlightenment by simply coming to terms with their deaths, something both people and society may learn from to boost their lives. King Lear and Morrie Schwartz are very much alike, despite getting completely different persons before their particular acquisition of wisdom. While facing difficult struggles both males were able to obtain contentment and turn into aware of complications existing inside their society. They will discovered that in the event that more persons lived every breath as if it had been their previous, they would live more gratifying and rewarding lives. The wisdom gained by equally men helped in the realization of the importance of family and like. Death is known as a fact of life we must accept and accept. People should not live life right up until they can see their fatality on the horizon.
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