King Lear Quotes Of Imagery Essay

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Imagery · Eyesight Imagery Shakespeare's King Lear is extremely full with eyesight, vision, and blindness imagery. As a matter of fact the blindness versus vision theme runs rampant throughout the story. King Lear begins his journey as a man who is "blind" because he cannot see beyond the fake and flattering comments that his daughters Goneril and Regan throw at him. He blindly and angrily cuts his favorite daughter, Cordelia, out of her share of land. Lear's loyal servant, Kent, tries to get Lear to see the error of his ways," Let me still remain/ the true blank of thine eye." Lear refuses to listen. Instead he goes on a "journey" where he finds that his daughters, Goneril and Regan, are not exactly what they appear to be. He tells Regan's husband Cornwall, " You dart your blinding flames/Into her scornful eyes" (II.ii.168). It is only through the storm that Lear finally "sees" who he is and the his daughter Cordelia is actually the daughter who loves him the most. The subplot of Gloucester emphasizes the blind and vision imagery even more. The "wool" is pulled over Gloucester's own eyes when his son, Edmund, devises a plan to disgrace the legitimate son Edgar. Gloucester's eyes are taken out by Cornwall. Ironically, it is through his blindness that he actually begins to see.GLOUCESTER. Away, get thee away! Good friend, begone. Thy comforts can do me no good at all: Thee they may hurt OLD MAN. You cannot see your way.GLOUCESTER. I have no way and therefore want no eyes; I stumbled when I saw..(IV.i.18) Though Gloucester is blind he finds that his son Edgar was not trying to kill him, but actually he was the most truthful son that he had.· Animal Imagery Lear constantly refers to the people in his kingdom as animals.....especially his daughter, Goneril and Regan. They are usually referred to as animals which do not have very honarable characteristics. He uses the names of animals in a demeaning way once he sees the true nature of his evil daughters.He tells Regan about her sister Goneril," They sister's naught. O Regan, she hathed/ Sharp-toothed unkindness like a vulure, here" (II,iv.130).Lear of Goneril "Looked black upon me, struck me with her tongue/Most serpentlike upon the very heart" (II.iv.165) Shakespeare directly alludes to the serpent in the Bible--a creature talented at his "beguiling" methods.Lear says that he has "pelican daughters." Pelicans are known(like vultures) to eat and pick at carcasses lying on the beach. Goenril and Regan are picking and eating at the flesh of their father.Lear, in his madness, addresses that he is ," a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art" (III.iv.106) Lear refers to Regan as a cow saying, "Then let them anatomize Regan; see what breeds about her heart" ( Upon witness, of the Goneril and Regan's true natures, the...

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