Essay #3 King Lear Erynn Lober
This essay is focused on Stanley Cavell " The Avoidance of Love, " and Colin Mcginn's "Shakespeares philosophy" interpretations on the ethical themes surrounding King Lear. I am going to compare and contrast the two, and examine excerpts from their writings, mainly surrounding Cordelias death.
On Stanley Cavell : In regards to the ethical themes of "King Lear", Cavell transforms in his writings the basic epistemic questions regarding philosophy of knowledge and blends that into ethics. His focus on ethics in King Lear, mainly concerns the necessity and impossibility of being able to acknowledge others and personal responsibility . He believes that both King Lear and Gloucester are unable to acknowledge those closet to them. One of Cavells most significant points in conjunction with the two , is their blinded refusal that both need their love of being acknowledged.
Cavell goes into detail during his essay on shame, and its debilitating effects on an ethical standpoint . He mentions on page 80. about Cordelias death ," Cordelias death means that every falsehood, every refusal of acknowledgment will be tracked down." It stems back to the title of his essay , the avoidance of love. There was a reason for Cordelia to die , according to Cavell, and those reasons are broadly discussed along with ethical justification throughout his essay.
Colin Mcginn On ethics in King Lear : Mcginn has a much different view then Cavell on the play King Lear in his ethical beliefs. Mcginn believes that the play is just basically showing the difference between good and evil and themes of that nature." King Lear is a play about stark ditchotomies- between good and evil, being and nothingness, sense and nonsense." (p.132) I disagree on his views on Cordelias death . "This is a death that should not have happened in every sense ( except the tragic.): It was a sheer accident, and not necessary to the general outcome of the...