In the play King Lear by Shakespeare, King Lear’s tragic …show more content…
He’s been left out in the storm with nowhere to go and is begging to go mad. After being kicked out of his kingdom Lear has a realization that he was ignorant and unaware of what was going on around him. King Lear was blind to Kent’s real intentions and what Kent was really trying to show Lear. Kent begins by saying:
Kent: The same; your servant Kent. Where is your servant Caius?
Lear: he’s a good fellow, I can tell you that. He’ll strike, and quietly too. He’s dead and rotten.
Kent: no, my good lord; I am the very man- […] is this how I would do it if I’m skipping someone’s line?
Kent: That from your first of difference and decay/ have followed your sad steps
Lear: You are welcomed hither (5.3.282-289)
This quote is significant to Lear’s blindness and lack of knowledge. Lear now shows that he really didn’t understand the meaning of Kent’s loyalty and why Kent has been so supportive of him. When Lear says that Kent is welcomed, he finally realizes why Kent had stuck by his side the whole time despite what Lear had said to him. Lear was oblivious to what had been happening around him and now understands that he banished all the people that cared about his well-being and him making the right decisions as a