King Lear “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice “by Abraham Lincoln.
Many people believed that if society wanted to continue to live in an orderly and supportive world, then mercy was essentially required. There must be key qualifications one must possess in order to achieve in having mercy. Firstly, kindness was a key quality in showing mercy as it can restore even the severely broken relationships between people. Secondly, by showing mercy, the state of forgiveness was easier to achieve, alas it can be the hardest lesson in learning how to forgive the one who wronged thee. Thirdly, righteousness allowed one to realize that showing mercy ends a cycle of revenge and bloodshed. In the Shakespearean play King Lear, both fathers, Lear and Gloucester, had broken relationships with their children, long lasting pain, and untimely deaths; however it was eased by their children’s true acts of kindness, forgiveness, and righteousness. Therefore, mercy connects the lives of Lear and Gloucester together, through kindness, forgiveness, and righteousness as seen in their children, in the tragic play King Lear. Kindness is a quality that distinguishes mankind. It has a way of mending broken relationships, and not holding grudges against people. In the Shakespearean play King Lear, Cordelia was kind character who was banished and disowned by her father who was King Lear, because she couldn’t open her heart to tell her father how much she loved him, as did her other sister General and Regan. However, later on the play she was kind enough to put past their differences and forgive her father for banishing her. “How does my royal lord, thou fares your majesty” (iv.vii.44). Just by this question directed to King Lear, it showed one that Cordelia wanted to make things look as if nothing bad has ever happened in order to reconcile with her father. Two, she does not have any intentions to punish him for how