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1 4.6 The bad begin to fall Edgar kills Oswald Reads letter from Goneril to Edmund: p. 213 line 290

2 4.7 reconciliation P. 221 Lines Go to the Video 2:02 Lear has gained wisdom through his suffering. The great rage has died in him Tragic Hero’s recognition of truth before his death.

3 Tragic Hero Tragic hero is a figure who occupies a high position of social rank and ultimately falls to desolation and disaster. Protagonist’s fate is determined by the tragic hero’s flaw, or hamartia.

4 Tragic Fall From high position because of: – an error in judgment – exaggerated hubris (excessive pride) –or the workings of fate.

5 Shakespeare’s tragedies Hero’s flaw is rooted within the protagonist Reveals itself through a failure or inability to act correctly or make the right decision

6 Hero is ultimately destroyed by forces he himself set in motion. Tragic Hero’s recognition of truth before his death.

7 What is Lear’s Tragic Flaw?

8 “Waste of human potential” Central element of the Elizabethan tragedy. King Lear’s fate is determined by his inability to distinguish between honest love and flattery, and his disastrous decision to divide his kingdom and give up his power entirely.

9 Agenda Finish 5.3: Is this the promised end? Read 5.1… Annotate two speeches of Lear Sign up for scenes

10 Terms to know Atmosphere/mood: how the writing feels to a reader. (An author’s tone creates atmosphere) Tone: Tone illuminates author’s or speaker’s attitude toward a subject. Attitude is communicated through tone. Diction: Choice of words. Syntex: The arrangement and order of words to create meaning. Imagery: Visually descriptive or figurative language..

11 5.1 Regan concerned that Edmund loves Gonerial Goneril would rather lose the battle than lose Edmund. (line 22) Albany not comfortable with fighting against Lear, but must since France is an invading power. Edgar enters as peasant, gives Albany the letter Gonreil wrote to Edmund.

12 5.2 Edgar sets Gloucester by tree Returns when battle is lost and together they leave

13 5.3 Cordelia and Lear arrested and put in jail

14 Act 5.3 Lear’s speech P. 235 Lines 4-20 How do Diction, syntax, imagery Contribute to tone? Atmosphere? –His attitude toward the subject of his speech –Imagery of “birds in a cage”?

15 Edmund’s order to captain Kill Lear and Cordelia Albany commends Edmund on the battle field Then accuses him of treasonf –P. 241 Goneril has poisoned Regan Edgar in disguise, fights Edmund P lines

16 Has Edmund changed? P. 249: wounded by Edgar, he says, “The wheel has come full circle.” –What does he mean by this? –Recognizes that he is being punished by the gods for his terrible deeds. –He knows that he has brought these sufferings on himself. P : “I pant for life some good I mean to do.” –Tries to save Lear and Cordelia –But it is too late

17 Edgar Reveals how Gloucester died 249” Line 228 Never –o fault- revealed myself unto him Until some half hour past … “Twit two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly.

18 Terms to know Atmosphere/mood: how the writing feels to a reader. (An author’s tone creates atmosphere) Tone: Tone illuminates author’s or speaker’s attitude toward a subject. Attitude is communicated through tone. Diction: Choice of words. Syntex: The arrangement and order of words to create meaning. Imagery: Visually descriptive or figurative language..

19 “Howl, howl, howl Atmoshpere, tone, Diction, punctuation, syntax and imagery P. 255 Line 308 “Howl, howl, howl Lear dies/ Kent doesn’t want to live and goes off to die?

20 “Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.” Edgar (Albany in Q) What does he mean? How does this apply to Cordelia? Lear? C speaks what she feels and chaos ensued. G and R lied and they were rewarded

21 Is this a moral or amoral world? That hard ends are meted out to both "evil" and "good" characters proves that the world of Shakespeare's Lear is completely amoral, indifferent toward human conceptions of justice, and devoid of any regenerative capacity. Agree or disagree? Why?

22 Final thoughts Central theme: education and transformation of lear. Gained insight and knowledge through suffering brought about by his own folly. Both Gloucester and Lear find “renewal” Order will be restored by Edgar/Albany

23 Final scene Disguise is revealed (Kent and Edgar) Father and child reunited –Edgar-Gloucester –Cordelia and Lear Tragic hero dies Villain brought to justice

24 0s0lhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009 0s0l


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