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Thought provoking questions for our valued audience. Is our character defined by how others see us? Is how we perceive ourselves the same as how others perceive us? If you are known to be good and honest, is this as good as actually being good and honest? How does this relate to the characters in King Lear or bunny rabbits?
King Lear (on his daughters affections to him) - “Which of you shall we say dost love us most?” Later, his daughters say – Goneril: “By day and night he wrongs me!...I will not speak with him. Regan: “And speakt again, my lord, no more with me.” He thinks he is loved by everyone and holds all of the power, when in actuality he is a nut. He takes it for granted that he has power because he believes he is respected by others. Cordelia - “I know what you are and like a sister am most loathe to call your faults as they are named.”
The Fool The Fool, (knowing others’ perceptions of him), says, “Prithee, tell him so much the rent of his land comes to. He will not believe a fool.” He knows his opinion is not valued, but he is actually insightful about the play’s events. Because he is the Fool and no one takes him seriously, he can get away with his affronting comments.
Edgar Everyone has been deceived into thinking his is treacherous and planning to murder his father and Edmond. Edmond re: Edgar – “…tried to persuade me to the murder of your lordship…full suddenly he fled.” He actually a pretty decent bloke, but his image is tainted by lies, deceit and unfounded perception.
Edmond Red is symbolic of evil, therefore Edmond is red. “Brother, I advise you to the best. I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning toward you.” He is generally perceived as good and righteous, although he deceives everyone.
Cordelia She is perceived as being ungrateful, but she is the complete opposite. She is just honest. “Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides who covers faults, at last with shame derides.” (re: her sisters). Lear: “When she was dear to us, we did hold her so, but now her price is fallen.” His perception of his own daughter is altered over a trivial little matter. “Had thou not been born than thou not t’have pleased me better.”