King Lear is clearly loosing his mind, and just wants to live the rest of his life in happiness, but this is obviously not going to happen. He decides to traditionally give his wealth to his daughters, but first he wants to find out who loves him the most. Most people do this after the die, but Lear wants to enjoy his inheritance being given to his loved ones, however, they do not show him any respect. This tradition is what leads to the chaos of the rest of the play. He gives everything to his first two daughters who he thought loved him the most, but they the ones who mistreat him and probably love him the least, and so he is throw out in the rain, stripped of all his dignity and any sense of mental stability that he has left.Scene three is a very important part of the play because Lear reached his final breaking point. This is shown when Lear says:
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout,
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! (3.2.1–3).
In this quote Lear is questions the goodness of the world, and he does not understand how he got to this breaking point.The pandemonium and fierceness of the storm in this scene reflects the chaos in Lear’s life and his fading mind. He feels as though he has nothing left. This is actually a very depressing scene because he gives his two daughters everything and he has nothing to show for it. This is ironic because when he asks Cordelia how much she loves him in the beginning of the play, she replies with the word “nothing”. He banishes the only daughter who truly loves him and as a result Lear is stripped of his rights, wealth, love, and self-esteem when Goneril and Regan end up betraying him. As readers, one can clearly feel sympathy for King Lear because in the end all he wanted was love from his daughters. This is shown when he continues his speech in the rain:
Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire, are my daughters.
I tax you not, you elements, with unkindness;…
Here I stand, your slave, a poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man.
But yet I call you servile ministers, that have with two pernicious daughters joined. (3.2.14–19).
Lear is clearly is very upset and is going crazy, saying: thunder it is not your fault, I don’t blame you, however, instead I blame my two daughters who are evil. He is told that he has made an unwise decision when he gave his wealth to his two daughters in the beginning of the play, but he does not want to listen because they are his daughters and he truly wants to believe that they love him for him, and not for his wealth and inheritance.This is an important part of the play because he actually admits to his faults. He should have never gave away his wealth to Goneril and Regan. He comes to a realization that he wants to win back the only daughter that truly cared for him—Cordeila.