The violet represents faith, as alluded to in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
This story takes place on a mysterious island virtually in the middle of nowhere with magical and spiritual inhabitants. When a course of events changes with a ship wreck to bring joy, celebrations and a wedding to all in the final chapter.
“…The ivy which had hid my princely trunk, And sucked my verdure out on ’t. Thou attend’st not.”
Ivy, being evergreen, symbolises eternity and strong affectionate attachment, like a wedded couple. Ivy is also a strong and hardy climber that can grow in many different environments, making the analogy even deeper.
The plot unveils in ancient Britain, where elderly King Lear decides to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters who claim to love their father the most. A tale of war, controversy, corruption, love and deceit.
“He was met even now as mad as the vex’d sea; singing aloud; Crown’d with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds, With bur-docks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow in our sustaining corn.”