An Ethical Interpretation of King Lear

Binyun WANG, Ruwen ZHANG


King Lear is the greatest tragedy written by William Shakespeare. One of the elements leading to tragedy is the destruction of ethics in the play. Ethics refers to the order of things and also the harmonious relationships between people. But ethics finds nowhere to hide in King Lear so that it lingers out in the end. The conflicts mostly occur in the fields of politics, family. Thus, this paper intends to interpret the destruction of political and family ethics based on the analysis of texts of King Lear. On the other hand, the appraising ethics which sheds light on that upside-down society and spares no efforts to bring order out of chaos will also be highly sung.


Political ethics; Family ethics; William Shakespeare; Tragedy

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