Power in Society

Everywhere you go, there is going to be an imbalance in power. This is the way society has been constructed from day one. Tensions are created between different ethnicity’s and genders based on individuals getting the false sense that they are somehow “better than others” based on them having more power. In the play, we see how the power Lear has is immense, but easily thrown away. His own daughter stole the throne from him and take it as theirs. Power causes a great divide, because people will often do anything the can to obtain it.

Power has only increased for the people that posses it as time has gone on. With technology being such a prominent facet in our everyday lives, the power you have can seem bigger than ever with the ability to reach countless people. Too often, however, power is used in the wrong way. Goneril and Regan loved the power Lear had more than him himself. Because of this, they stole the thrown from him. Being someone in power has its positives and negatives in society. Power can easily be abused, and those not in as much power could easily abuse the power of others. Needless to say, power creates a lot of issues in modern day society, and in King Lear.

2 thoughts on “Power in Society

  1. ELIJAH E

    This is really true and insightful. I think tech has definitely changed the way power is held these days and it’s a factor that never applied during the story of King Lear. I think a big thing throughout the book was seeing how people that thought they had power really didn’t often times.

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  2. Hayden S

    Its like the same way that money compounds. Wealthy people just get wealthier off the backs of other people, while those without money have a hard time accumulating any since they need to spend.

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