Good vs. Evil
Goneril, Regan, and Edmund, three characters of deceit and lies represent that of evil. Gloucester, Cordelia, and King Lear, three characters of good intent represent the good. The battle between these characters in the final seen of King Lear represents a battle of good versus evil. This seems to be a common occurring theme in all stands of life such as movies, plays, and even real world affairs (America vs. Terrorism). The war on terrorism places America in the role of â€śworld policeâ€? representing the â€śGoodâ€?. In King Lear once the â€śgoodâ€? could see through the lies of evil, a battle of justice could present itself in which good could show its defying victory or evil.
Or so we would think. We feel that the disloyal Goneril, Regan, and Edmund deserve their deaths, but in the last scene when the audience expects some kind of justice, the good characters, Cordelia, King Lear and Gloucester also lie dead among that of evil. This could also play back to common day war in which we hear insurgents have died. The word insurgent creates a feeling of evil, thus deserving death. When we here an American soldier has died it creates a feeling a great sadness. Yet they die in the same field among each other. This brings up a theme that shows throughout the play and in real life affairs. Is there justice in the world? I would say that there is justice in the world and in the book. In the book I would say there is justice because good does defeat evil, even though good doesnâ€™t get what they rightfully deserve.
King Lear reminds me of the movie â€śThe Gladiatorâ€? in which Maximus a loyal General to the late King of Rome, Marcus Aurelius, defends the King against his sonâ€™s betrayal and fights his way back to the top to defend the late King as a gladiator facing who else in the final battle, the son and murderer of Marcus Aurelius, Commodus. In this final act â€śevilâ€?, Commodus, dies with a final blow to the chest from Maximus. Just there after Maximus succumbs to his own fatal ending due to a wound earlier. The feeling at this moment is similar to that of the final act in King Lear in which you feel happy that â€śgoodâ€? has triumphed to defeat â€śevilâ€?, but yet sad that the good characters didnâ€™t live to see their own triumph.
The Antagonists did however express happiness just before their departure, which shows their final sign of justice. King Lear died thinking Cordelia came back to life. Gloucester died smilingly, torn between joy and grief, knowing that Edgar was alive and well, and even the evil heart of Edmund thinks of love in his last moments knowing that two women had died for him. Death comes to us all and in one way or another everyone gets what they rightfully deserve and above all else, good always prevails over that of evil.