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An Analysis Of Gloucester

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This is a comparison and contrast of two different views of the character, Gloucester in the play King Lear. It will show the different ways that Gloucester has his eyes ripped out. It will also show the different ways the lighting is used and what kind of scenery. It will also show the difference in the ages of the character. Let’s not leave out the wardrobe and the difference between both productions. It will show how Gloucester ages and has similar problems as that of the King.
In the first part of the play Gloucester receives a letter from Edmond, his bastard son, as the first plot towards the down fall of his father, Gloucester. In the BBC version Gloucester seems to be somewhere in his seventies, where in the PBS version Gloucester seems to be in his sixties a much younger man. This letter makes Gloucester believe that his ligament son has betrayed him, which makes Gloucester very angry and hurt because he loved his son. This just seems to take a lot out of him. As the play continues, Gloucester serves the King with everything he has in him. When the King goes mad, due to his daughters betraying him, Gloucester shows his loyalty to the King by taking him to safety. Oswald is the one who conveyed the message, that Gloucester hid the King from his daughters. Due to this Reagan and the Duke of Cornwall (her husband) declares Gloucester a traitor. Reagan sends for Gloucester and they bring him in to face his accusers. Gloucester faces Reagan and the Duke when he is charged with treason. Gloucester says I would rather be blind rather than to see how his daughters are treating their father. Of course I am paraphrasing the exact statement. The exact statement goes like this “Because I would not see thy cruel nails Pluck out his poor old eyes, nor thy fierce sister In his anointed flesh rash boarish fangs. The sea, with such a storm as his bowed head….”(1.4 -153-157) Reagan thought that would be a great idea that he could not see, so her husband proceeded in ripping his eye out and Reagan was not satisfied with one, but she wanted both ripped out. In the BBC version Gloucester was put in a chair and restrained. They turned his back to the audience. The room was dark and had a side light pointed at the Duke of Cornwall as he plucked out his eyes with Gloucester’s back turned to the audience. They did this to put emphasis on the sounds of torture in which Gloucester is enduring. The scene seemed to be located inside the castle in a large dark room with nothing but a chair in the middle of the room, where in the PBS version the scene with the eye plucking was outside on the battlefield. There were soldiers around in the area as well as Reagan and Gonoril and both Dukes. There were wooden structures that looked like tee pees or fire pits. They tied Gloucester to a chair, just as they did in the BBC version, but they did not turn his back to the audience. The PBS Company wanted the audience to see the pain that Gloucester was going through. This...

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