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Journeys in King Lear. Adapted from Geoff Sheehan (2011). Journeys in King Lear. ‘homo viator ’ = Man the traveller, between two worlds, on the way Physical & Mental travellers = Gloucester & Lear Undertake a journey toward establishing a sense of redemption / self-realisation.

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Journeys in king lear

Journeys in King Lear

Adapted from Geoff Sheehan (2011)


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Journeys in King Lear

  • ‘homo viator’ = Man the traveller, between two worlds, on the way

  • Physical & Mental travellers = Gloucester & Lear

  • Undertake a journey toward establishing a sense of redemption / self-realisation


Lear s journeys

Lear’s Journeys

KL:Who is it that can tell me who I am?

Fool:Lear’s shadow (nothing)

  • Castle – Hovel - Tent

  • Finery – nakedness – simple white garment

  • Arrogance – humility – love

  • Crown – clothes – flowers (clothes of justice, judge’s hat)

  • Grand blank verse – prose – natural blank verse

    (crawl towards death - pray do not mock me

  • Self-ignorance – madness - understanding


Lear s journey through imagery

LEAR’S Journey Through Imagery

  • Knows nothing but thinks he knows everything

    ‘thou art an O without a figure’

    Appearance of everything but in fact nothing – false knowledge.

    ‘image of crown’

  • Becomes nothing

    Clothing &

    poor naked wretches

  • Dies at beginning of understanding of perfection that is love


Gloucester s journey

Gloucester’s Journey

  • Castle – Dover – Tent

  • Blind – blinded – ‘sees feelingly’ (off stage violence)

  • ‘dies in bed’ - symbolic suicide – ‘redeemed through rebirth


Storm scene

Storm scene

  • We see in this scene the world reduced to the basic elements of

  • Earth - humus

  • Air – wind

  • Fire – lightening

  • Water – rain

    Be being reduced to the essence of nature, Lear learns concern for others – in other words, he learns what really ‘matters.’ (pun very much intended)


Patience

PATIENCE

  • Patior (to suffer)

  • Sustained through metaphor of the body: strained, twisted, pierced, buffeted, strain, strife, stretched


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