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.
Adapted from Geoff Sheehan (2011)
KL: Who is it that can tell me who I am?
Fool: Lear’s shadow (nothing)
(crawl towards death - pray do not mock me
‘thou art an O without a figure’
Appearance of everything but in fact nothing – false knowledge.
‘image of crown’
poor naked wretches
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)