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King Lear. Structure, characters, and themes. King Lear. King Lear Characters. Primary -- dynamic Protagonist, changes through play Lear Antagonist, character revealed Goneril, Regan Secondary -- static Reflection characters Cordelia, Gloucester, Edgar, Edmund, Kent, Fool.

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King Lear

Structure, characters, and themes


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King Lear


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King LearCharacters

  • Primary -- dynamic

    • Protagonist, changes through play

      • Lear

    • Antagonist, character revealed

      • Goneril, Regan

  • Secondary -- static

    • Reflection characters

      • Cordelia, Gloucester, Edgar, Edmund, Kent, Fool


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King LearFoils

  • Character foiling

    • Lear and Gloucester

    • Cordelia and Edgar

    • Goneril/Regan and Edmund

  • Plot foiling

    • Act 1, sc 1 & Act 5, sc 3

    • Act 3, sc 6 and sc 7


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King LearThemes

  • Parent/child relationship

  • Flattery

  • Madness

  • Judgment

  • Appearance vs. reality

  • world view of Renaissance Christian Humanist and Machievellian


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Motifs

Seeing

Judging

Flattery

“the worst”

“unaccomodated man”

Patience

nothing

Imagery

Insults

Foul fiend, madness

Swearing by Gods

Astrology

King LearMotifs and Imagery


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King LearSeeing motif

  • Act 1

    • “Hence and avoid my sight” “Out of my sight!”

    • “See better, Lear”

    • “If it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles”

  • Act 3

    • “Pluck out his eyes”

    • “I would not see thy cruel nails pluck out his poor old eyes”

    • “I shall see the winged vengeance overtake such children”

    • “See it shalt thou never”

  • Act 4

    • “I stumbled when I saw”

    • “Might I but live to see thee in my touch, I’d say I had eyes again”


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King Lear -- Act I

Scene 1

Lear divides

country,

Disowns Cordelia

Cordelia bids

farewell to

sisters

Scene 2

Edmund soliloquy

Conspiracy theory

Advice to Edgar

Scene 3

Goneril and Oswald

Scene 4

Kent to serve Lear as Caius

Lear and Fool

Lear and Goneril

Scene 5

Lear sends Kent

to Regan

Lear and Fool


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King Lear, Act I, scene 1

Lear

Fool

Albany

Goneril

Cordelia

Cornwall

Regan

Kent


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King Lear -- Act II

Scene 1

Edmund and

Edgar

Cornwall/Regan

and Gloucester

Scene 3

Edgar

Scene 4

Lear/Fool and Kent

Lear and Regan

Goneril comes

Scene 2

Oswald and Kent

Glou/Corn/Regan

Kent in stocks


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King Lear -- Act III

Scene 1

Kent and

Gentleman

Scene 3

Gloucester

And Edmund

Scene 4

Lear in hovel

Talks with Edgar

as Poor Tom

Scene 2

Lear on the Heath

Scene 7

Blinding of

Gloucester

Scene 5

Cornwall and

Edmund

Scene 6

Lear

Trial scene


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King Lear -- Act IV

Scene 1

Edgar and Gloucester

Scene 2

Goneril and Edmund

Albany and Goneril

Albany and Gentleman

Scene 3

Kent and Gentleman

Scene 4

Cordelia and Doctor

Scene 5

Regan and Oswald

Scene 6

Edgar and Gloucester

Gloucester and Lear

Oswald and Edgar

Scene 7

Cordelia and Kent

with Lear


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King Lear -- Act V

Scene 1

Edmund and Regan

Goneril and Albany

Edgar to Albany

Edmund

Scene 2

Edgar and Gloucester

Scene 3

Edmund with

Lear and Cordelia

Albany

Edgar and Edmund fight

Goneril and Regan dead

Lear carries Cordelia in

Restoration of Order


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King Lear, Act V, scene 3

Lear

Goneril

Cordelia

Regan

Albany

Kent


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