The Tragedy of 'Nothing'
Plato defined language as a way to §express positive and negative desires. This §discipline evolved through Richard Weaver, who §continued this alignment of language and behavior §using The Phaedrus. Weaver defines character §language and behavior as good, neutral and evil §lovers'. Using these same categories and §definitions, we can trace all three rhetorical§transitions in King Lear: starting as the Evil-§lover, selfish and egotistical; morphing into a §neutral stage; and ultimately developing into the §Noble-lover. Lear displays new language with the §onset of each role shift, and ending in a completely §new paradigm. All of this chaos mirrors §Shakespeare s own reality, as the Renaissance era §was indeed, a time of great change.