The rich and varied tapestry called forth within the layers of structure of “King Lear” brings great distinctions from other plays by Shakespeare. The passion and deeper questions of the bonding human heart and roots were the primary themes of “King Lear”. Along the theme of the play the depth of that passion and questioning of the foundation of roots and family bonding in the face of changing social circumstances and the altering phases of human kind are some of the driving forces that shape the way the play takes place.
There are several elements including tugs of war and irregular starts and even bursts of imagination that takes place throughout the play. Lear’s mind, on being weighed down as well as coming out with frayed edges, comes with several nuances and waves that are present within the human mind of dualities.
There are of course several depths to the nature of passion present within his character but the overall weight pushes him to the edges of madness. The loss of idealism and faith in the nature of love and absence of filial piety brings the old king to resolve to his own spirit. But there have been several fixed and stubborn natures to his character which had not resolved before the blinders could be drawn.
This resulted in him from chasing away the source of affection and love that he could have received from his youngest daughter.
The tug of war of the coercive elements going on in his soul and the whirlwind of emotions made him go through the tearing pieces and revulsions of the human heart. But it is in revisiting the betrayal that his mind cannot take them anymore without any quiescence or protection to feel love. With his irregular stretches of rapidly propelling imagination he does come to the old familiar place of his soul but then he staggers with the loss and the feeling of complete alienation.
The winds and storms and the elemental forces of weather seem to conjoin in these intense movements of his feelings as he sinks into the abyss like an anchor less sea with nothing to guide him back. Lear’s blindness does take place long before in his own psyche till he actually goes physically blind.
His blindness to observe the kindness of those who cared for him and the abject misery he forces himself to with the withdrawal into his own ego-constructed walls lashes back at him during his old age. These are some of the eternal questions of love and loyalty that have been asked through this rich drama. The eddying whirlpools of emotions at the loss of vestiges of love have been one of the most explored aspects in this play.
More than any other play by Shakespeare, “King Lear” explores the depths and real nature of love, intensity of passion and roots of bonding.