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Answers To Questions Analyzing Shakespeare´S King Lear

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Question 1:
Gloucester’s renewal of sight is described by the line “I stumbled when I saw”. I saw that this line could be interpreted in two ways. First, it is meant to say that when he could physically still see, he had been following the wrong path. Gloucester made continuous mistakes when he had his eye sight, trusting and assuming much too quickly. It was then until his eyes wore literally plucked out but the Duke of Cornwall, that the truth finally came to surface. This famous line explains that when he was not blind yet, he kept stumbling on the lies and disguises of both Edmund and Edgar. Alternatively, “I stumbled when I saw” could also be a reflection how he mentally sees who has ...view middle of the document...

Gloucester’s statement, “Our means secure us, and our meres defects prove our commodities” is the generally outlook Gloucester feels about life now. It means that how usually money makes up who you are, but now it is also dependent on character flaw that gives you what you have.

Question 2:
In scene 2, Goneril calls Albany a “milk-liver’d man” which in modern terms means a coward. This scene creates a turn of events when Albany begins to finally speak up in contrast to other scenes. Usually, Albany says very little, or at least prove words with little effect/influence on the issue. Now, Albany decides to call out Goneril, basically the Queen, on her wrong doings. Rather than using his previous logic, shown in Act 1, Scene 3, “How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell. Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” Albany uses malicious descriptions to captivate recent activities. Although they’ve had disagreements before, we see another side to Albany when he refuses to lose this one. Perhaps, that change of character is caused by Goneril’s direct insults to his morals, calling his words “foolish”; his existence “vain”; and his manhood “mew!” In contrast, when the previous argument ended with “Well, well, th' event.”, this portion of Scene 2 results with “Thou changèd and self-covered thing, for shame! Bemonster not thy feature. Were ’t my fitness To let these hands obey my blood, They are apt enough to dislocate and tear Thy flesh and bones. Howe'er thou art a fiend. A woman’s shape doth shield thee.” insulting how her new personality may provoke her death. In addition to Albany releasing his hate for what Goneril and the Kingdom has become, Albany is also plays a more significant part in the events. He speculates certain things such as how fast things are occurring and where exactly Edmund has been, that were over looked by everyone else. To the audience, these speculations build intensity to the story, showing that at least one person may have the potential to turn all’s fates. This change of a more outspoken character signified potential justice for all that has happened. In lines 64-67, Albany thanks Gloucester for his loyalty to the king; this shows that Albany is on Lear’s side and not completely Goneril’s. Albany has changed and put up forth more effort in defense of what is wrong and right, distancing himself more and more from Goneril.

Question 3:
In scene 3 we learn that Lear is in France, but he still refuses to speak with Cordelia. Unlike his previous treatment toward Cordelia, this is not from resentment or anger, but from utter self-shame. Lear is embarrassed of his wrong doings and is much too mortified to confront his actions. As Kent describes it, “these things sting his mind so venomously that burning shame detains him from Cordelia.” Lear feels pathetic in the fact that Cordelia had been right all along, but he had let his pride hinder the truth. Kent addresses the fact that Lear not only viciously abandoned her,...

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