It's odd to consider that true madness can be totally understood. Shakespeare's masterful depiction from the path to madness, though, is among the more powerful aspects of King Lear. The first to middle stages of Lear's degeneration (occurring in Functions I through III) form a very rational pattern of irrationality: Lear's condition degenerates only if he's hurt or when some bit of the bedrock where his old, stable world rested is jarred loose. His crazy behavior makes lots of sense. Despite his age and frailty, Lear isn't any weak character it is not easy to assume how another character might have better opposed such emotional and mental weights because the king suffers under. Lear's worsening madness is understandable only if construed having a proper appreciation from the intense forces functioning on him as well as the gradual disappearance of all things he finds identifiable about his former world.
As Lear sets from his structure toward his daughters' houses, he's still sane, though he starts to regret disowning Cordeliathe first manifestation of mental stress and the initial step toward his eventual madness. Lear's Fool needles him concerning the rash decision, and also the king blurts out, "O! allow me to be not mad...
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