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King Lear: Nothing and the Fool Mitchell Mahood Raphael Koh Daniel Allen Dylan Seago Meaghan Horsley Seminar Presentation ENG 4U5 Nothing’s a Fool.

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1 King Lear: Nothing and the Fool Mitchell Mahood Raphael Koh Daniel Allen Dylan Seago Meaghan Horsley Seminar Presentation ENG 4U5 Nothing’s a Fool

2 Nothing = Everything Fool = Wise

3 Overview Significance of "Nothing" o Act by Mitchell Mahood o Act by Raphael Koh Significance of "Fool" o Act 1 by Daniel Allen o Act by Dylan Seago o Act by Meaghan Horsley

4 SCRIPT Sympathy/Pathos for a character Character Development Relationships Images/Motifs Plot/Setting Themes

5 Themes Justice o "It is up to human beings to administer justice in the world. " Authority VS Chaos o "Once authority is lost, chaos will reign. " Richness o "You must be poor to be rich. " Appearance VS Reality o "Things are not what they appear to be."

6 The Significance of

7 The Significance of Nothing Parts of Play: Acts 1, 2 Presenter: Mitchell Mahood

8 The Significance of Nothing A third more opulent than your sisters? Speak. CORDELIA: Nothing, my lord. KING LEAR: Nothing! CORDELIA: Nothing. KING LEAR: Nothing will come of nothing: speak again. (I.i.86) Character Development Sympathy

9 Right noble Burgundy, When she was dear to us, we did hold her so; But now her price is fall'n. Sir, there she stands: If aught within that little seeming substance, Or all of it, with our displeasure pieced, And nothing more, may fitly like your grace, She's there, and she is yours. (I.i.200) The Significance of Nothing Sympathy Relationships

10 The Significance of Nothing BURGUNDY: Royal Lear, Give but this portion which yourself proposed, And here I take Cordelia by the hand, Duchess of Burgundy. KING LEAR: Nothing: I have sworn; I am firm. (I.i.241) Sympathy Relationships

11 The Significance of Nothing GLOUCESTER: Why so earnestly seek you to put up that letter? EDMUND: I know no news, my lord. GLOUCESTER: What paper were you reading? EDMUND: Nothing, my lord. (I.ii.28) Plot

12 The Significance of Nothing No? What needed, then, that terrible dispatch of it into your pocket? the quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see: come, if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles. (I.ii.32) Plot

13 The Significance of Nothing We have seen the best of our time: machina- tions, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves. Find out this villain, Edmund; it shall lose thee nothing; do it carefully. And the noble and true-hearted Kent banished! his offence, honesty! 'Tis strange. (I.ii.118) Plot

14 The Significance of Nothing I am no honest man if there be any good meaning towards you: I have told you what I have seen and heard; but faintly, nothing like the image and horror of it: pray you, away. (I.ii.179) Plot Character Development

15 The Significance of Nothing Leave thy drink and thy whore, And keep in-a-door, And thou shalt have more Than two tens to a score. KENT: This is nothing, fool. Fool: Then 'tis like the breath of an unfee'd lawyer; you gave me nothing for't. Can you make no use of nothing, nuncle? Lear: Why no, boy. Nothing can be made of nothing. (I.iv.137) Character Development

16 The Significance of Nothing Fool: I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are: they'll have me whipped for speaking true, thou'lt have me whipped for lying; and sometimes I am whipped for holding my peace. I had rather be any kind o' thing than a fool: and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o' both sides, and left nothing i' the middle: here comes one o' the parings. (I.iv.189)

17 The Significance of Nothing Fool: Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou hadst no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an O without a figure: I am better than thou art now; I am a fool, thou art nothing.[To GONERIL.] Yes, forsooth, I will hold my tongue; so your face bids me, though you say nothing. (I.iv.195)

18 The Significance of Nothing Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall? He's coming hither; now, i' the night, i' the haste, And Regan with him: have you nothing said Upon his party 'gainst the Duke of Albany? Advise yourself. (II.i.26)

19 The Significance of Nothing...super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch (II.ii.25) Character Development

20 The Significance of Nothing KENT: Draw, you rogue: for, though it be night, yet the moon shines; I'll make a sop o' the moonshine of you: draw, you whoreson cullionly barber-monger, draw. [Drawing his sword.] OSWALD: Away! I have nothing to do with thee. (II.ii.35) Plot

21 The Significance of Nothing Approach, thou beacon to this under globe, That by thy comfortable beams I may Peruse this letter! Nothing almost sees miracles But misery: I know 'tis from Cordelia, Who hath most fortunately been inform'd Of my obscured course; (II.ii.168) Theme - Richness

22 The Significance of Nothing That's something yet: Edgar I nothing am. (II.iii.21) Character Development Sympathy

23 The Significance of Nothing Parts of Play: Acts Presenter: Raphael Koh

24 The Significance of Nothing Tears his white hair, Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage, Catch in their fury and make nothing of; Strives in his little world of man to out-scorn The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain. (III.i.9) Imagery Sympathy Symbolism - Chaos

25 The Significance of Nothing No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing. (III.ii.38) Character Development Theme - Authority VS Chaos

26 The Significance of Nothing Go to; say nothing. (III.iii.8) Nothing = Everything Plot - Foreshadowing Relationship Sympathy

27 The Significance of Nothing Lear: Couldst thou save nothing? Wouldst thou give ‘em all? Fool: Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had been all shamed. Lear: Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air Hang o'er men's faults light on thy daughters! Kent: He hath no daughters, sir. Lear:Death, traitor; nothing could have subdued nature To such lowness but his unkind daughters. (III.iv.64) Plot – Dramatic Irony Sympathy Character Development Motif - Madness

28 The Significance of Nothing The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst Owes nothing to thy blasts. (IV.i.9) Character Development Plot - Foreshadowing

29 The Significance of Nothing Y’are much deceived: in nothing am I changed But in my garments. (IV.vi.9) Nothing = Everything Plot - Dramatic Irony

30 The Significance of Nothing 'There is nothing done, if he return the con- queror: then I am the prisoner, and his bed my jail; from the loathed warmth whereof deliver me, and supply the place for your labour. ’ (IV.vi.269) Nothing = Everything Plot

31 The Significance of Nothing There is my pledge: I‘ll make it on thy heart, Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less Than I have here proclaimed thee. (V.iii.95) Plot Theme - Justice

32 The Significance of

33 The Significance of Fool Parts of Play: Act 1 Presenter: Daniel Allen

34 The Significance of Fool we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedi- ence of planetary influence; (I.ii.123). Fate/Freewill Character Sympathy

35 The Significance of Fool A credulous father! and a brother noble, Whose nature is so far from doing harms, That he suspects none: on whose foolish honesty My practices ride easy! I see the business. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit: All with me's meet that I can fashion fit. (I.ii.183) Motif - Betrayal Plot

36 The Significance of Fool Did my father strike my gentleman for chiding of his fool? (I.iii.1) Relationship

37 The Significance of Fool Idle old man, That still would manage those authorities That he hath given away! Now, by my life, Old fools are babes again; and must be used With checks as flatteries,--when they are seen abused. Remember what I tell you. (I.iii.17) Relationship Character

38 The Significance of Fool Follow me; thou shalt serve me: if I like thee no worse after dinner, I will not part from thee yet. Dinner, ho, dinner! Where's my knave? my fool? Go you, and call my fool hither. (I.iv.41) Plot - Reunited Character - Impatience

39 The Significance of Fool Thou but rememberest me of mine own con- ception: I have perceived a most faint neglect of late; which I have rather blamed as mine own jealous curiosity than as a very pretence and purpose of un- kindness: I will look further into't. But where's my fool? I have not seen him this two days. (I.iv.67) Relationship - Fool & Cordelia Character - Flattery

40 The Significance of Fool Fool: Mark it, nuncle: Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest, Lend less than thou owest, Ride more than thou goest, Learn more than thou trowest, Set less than thou throwest; Leave thy drink and thy whore, And keep in-a-door, And thou shalt have more Than two tens to a score. KENT: This is nothing, fool. (I.iv.119) Fool = Wise Opposite

41 The Significance of Fool Prithee, tell him, so much the rent of his land comes to: he will not believe a fool. (I.iv.36) Character Development - Stubborn

42 The Significance of Fool LEAR: A bitter fool! Fool: Dost thou know the difference, my boy, between a bitter fool and a sweet fool? (I.iv.139) Character Development - Criticism Relationship

43 The Significance of Fool That lord that counsell'd thee To give away thy land, Come place him here by me, Do thou for him stand: The sweet and bitter fool Will presently appear; The one in motley here, The other found out there. (I.iv.142)

44 The Significance of Fool KING LEAR: Dost thou call me fool, boy? Fool: All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with. (I.iv.150) Character - Criticism

45 The Significance of Fool This is not altogether fool, my lord. (I.iv.153) Fool = Wise

46 The Significance of Fool No, faith, lords and great men will not let me; if I had a monopoly out, they would have part on't: and ladies too, they will not let me have all fool to myself; they'll be snatching. Give me an egg, nuncle, and I'll give thee two crowns. (I.iv.154) Character - Foolish

47 The Significance of Fool [Singing.] Fools had ne'er less wit in a year; For wise men are grown foppish, They know not how their wits to wear, Their manners are so apish. (I.iv.167) Character - Foolish

48 The Significance of Fool Then they for sudden joy did weep, And I for sorrow sung, That such a king should play bo-peep, And go the fools among. Prithee, nuncle, keep a schoolmaster that can teach thy fool to lie: I would fain learn to lie. (I.iv.176) Character - Foolish Relationship - Loyalty

49 The Significance of Fool I marvel what kin thou and thy daughters are: they'll have me whipped for speaking true, thou'lt have me whipped for lying; and sometimes I am whipped for holding my peace. I had rather be any kind o' thing than a fool: and yet I would not be thee, nuncle; thou hast pared thy wit o' both sides, and left nothing i' the middle: here comes one o' the parings. (I.iv.183) Character - Ruthless

50 The Significance of Fool Thou wast a pretty fellow when thou hadst no need to care for her frowning; now thou art an O without a figure: I am better than thou art now; I am a fool, thou art nothing. (I.iv.192) Relationship - Swap Character

51 The Significance of Fool Not only, sir, this your all-licensed fool, But other of your insolent retinue Do hourly carp and quarrel; breaking forth In rank and not-to-be endured riots. (I.iv.201) Relationship - Swap Character

52 Nuncle Lear, nuncle Lear, tarry and take the fool with thee. A fox, when one has caught her, And such a daughter, Should sure to the slaughter, If my cap would buy a halter: So the fool follows after. (I.iv.318) Character - Loyalty The Significance of Fool

53 Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool. (I.v.38) Character - Foresight

54 The Significance of Fool Parts of Play: Acts 2, 3 Presenter: Dylan Seago

55 The Significance of Fool Knowing nought, like dogs, but following. A plague upon your epileptic visage! ━ Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool? Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain, I'd drive ye cackling home to Camelot. (II.ii.74) Character Development

56 The Significance of Fool None of these rogues and cowards But Ajax is their fool. (II.ii.127) Plot

57 The Significance of Fool You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both! If it be you that stir these daughters' hearts Against their father, fool me not so much To bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger, And let not women's weapons, water-drops, Stain my man's cheeks! (II.iv.269) Character Development

58 The Significance of Fool You think I'll weep No, I'll not weep: I have full cause of weeping; but this heart Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, Or ere I'll weep. O fool, I shall go mad! (II.iv.279) Plot

59 The Significance of Fool O nuncle, court holy-water in a dry house is better than this rain-water out o' door. Good nuncle, in, and ask thy daughters' blessing: here's a night pities neither wise man nor fool. (III.ii.10) Relationship

60 The Significance of Fool None but the fool; who labours to out-jest His heart-struck injuries. (III.i.16) Fool = wise

61 The Significance of Fool Marry, here's grace and a cod-piece; that's a wise man and a fool. (III.ii.40) Fool = wise

62 The Significance of Fool Let go thy hold when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck with following it: but the great one that goes up the hill, let him draw thee after. When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again: I would have none but knaves follow it, since a fool gives it. (II.iv.66) Motif Plot Character

63 The Significance of Fool Character Theme That sir which serves and seeks for gain, And follows but for form, Will pack when it begins to rain, And leave thee in the storm, But I will tarry; the fool will stay, And let the wise man fly: The knave turns fool that runs away; The fool no knave, perdy. (II.iv.76)

64 The Significance of Fool KENT Where learned you this, fool? FOOL Not i' the stocks, fool. (II.iv.84) Fool = wise

65 The Significance of Fool Climax Sympathy My wits begin to turn. Come on, my boy: how dost, my boy? art cold? I am cold myself. Where is this straw, my fellow? The art of our necessities is strange, That can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel. Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart That's sorry yet for thee. (III.ii.67)

66 The Significance of Fool This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen. (III.iv.77) Fools = wise Plot

67 The Significance of Fool Parts of Play: Acts 4, 5 Presenter: Meaghan Horsley

68 The Significance of Fool How should this be? Bad is the trade that must play fool to sorrow, Angering itself and others. (IV,i,38) Theme - Appearances

69 The Significance of Fool Oh the difference of man and man! To thee a woman's services are due. My fool usurps my body. (IV,ii,29) No more. The text is foolish. (IV,ii,38) Fools do those villains pity who are punished Ere they have done their mischief. (IV,ii,55)

70 The Significance of Fool France spreads his banners in our noiseless land, With plumed helm thy state begins to threat, Whiles thou, a moral fool, sits still and cries, "Alack, why does he so?" (IV,ii,59) O vain fool! (IV,ii,62) Character Development

71 The Significance of Fool When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools. (IV,vi,170) Theme – Appearance

72 The Significance of Fool No rescue? What, a prisoner? I am even The natural fool of fortune. (IV,vi,179) Imagery – Wheel of Fate

73 The Significance of Fool Pray, do not mock me. I am a very foolish fond old man. (IV,vii,58) You must bear with me. Pray you now, forget and forgive. I am old and foolish. (IV,vii,85) Character development

74 The Significance of Fool And my poor fool is hanged. (V,iii,314) Fool = Cordelia

75 Please unfasten your seat belts

76 Bibliography Gill, N.S.. "Ajax - Trojan War Hero." Ancient / Classical History - Ancient Greece & Rome & Classics Research Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct Shakespeare, William. "King Lear - William Shakespeare - Google Books."Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct


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