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1 King Lear Structure, characters, and themes

2 King Lear ReganGonerilCordelia AlbanyCornwallFrance

3 King Lear Characters Main Plot Primary -- dynamic –Protagonist, changes through play Lear –Antagonist, character revealed Goneril, Regan Secondary -- static –Reflection characters Cordelia, Kent, Fool, France

4 King Lear Characters Sub Plot Good –Gloucester, Edgar Evil –Edmund –Reflection characters Oswald, Albany, Cornwall, servant to Cornwall

5 King Lear Foils Character foiling –Lear and Gloucester –Cordelia and Edgar –Goneril/Regan and Edmund Plot foiling –Act 1, sc 1 & Act 5, sc 3 –Act 3, sc 6 and sc 7

6 King Lear Motifs and Imagery Motifs –Seeing –Judging –Flattery –“the worst” –“unaccomodated man” –Patience –nothing Imagery –Insults –Foul fiend, madness –Swearing by Gods –Astrology

7 King Lear Seeing motif Act 1 –“Hence and avoid my sight” “Out of my sight!” –“See better, Lear” –“If it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles” Act 3 –“Pluck out his eyes” –“I would not see thy cruel nails pluck out his poor old eyes” –“I shall see the winged vengeance overtake such children” –“See it shalt thou never”

8 King Lear Seeing motif Act 4 –“I stumbled when I saw” –“Might I but live to see thee in my touch, I’d say I had eyes again” Act 5 –“As for the mercy Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia, The battle done, and they within our power, Shall never see his pardon” –“Do you see this? Look on her, look, her lips, Look there, look there!”

9 King Lear Motifs and Imagery Motifs –Seeing –Judging –Flattery –“the worst” –“unaccomodated man” –Patience –nothing Imagery –Insults –Foul fiend, madness –Swearing by Gods –Astrology

10 King Lear Themes Parent/child relationship Flattery Madness Judgment Appearance vs. reality world view of Renaissance Christian Humanist and Machiavellian

11 King Lear -- Act I Scene 1 Lear divides country, Disowns Cordelia Cordelia bids farewell to sisters Scene 2 Edmund soliloquy Conspiracy theory Advice to Edgar Scene 4 Kent to serve Lear as Caius Lear and Fool Lear and Goneril Scene 3 Goneril and Oswald Scene 5 Lear sends Kent to Regan Lear and Fool

12 Lear King Lear, Act I, scene 1 Regan Kent Goneril Cordelia Cornwall Albany Fool

13 King Lear -- Act II Scene 1 Edmund and Edgar Cornwall/Regan and Gloucester Scene 2 Oswald and Kent Glou/Corn/Regan Kent in stocks Scene 3 Edgar Scene 4 Lear/Fool and Kent Lear and Regan Goneril comes

14 King Lear -- Act III Scene 1 Kent and Gentleman Scene 2 Lear on the Heath Scene 3 Gloucester And Edmund Scene 4 Lear in hovel Talks with Edgar as Poor Tom Scene 5 Cornwall and Edmund Scene 6 Lear Trial scene Scene 7 Blinding of Gloucester

15 Scene 1 Edgar and Gloucester King Lear -- Act IV Scene 2 Goneril and Edmund Albany and Goneril Albany and Gentleman Scene 3 Kent and Gentleman Scene 4 Cordelia and Doctor Scene 5 Regan and Oswald Scene 6 Edgar and Gloucester Gloucester and Lear Oswald and Edgar Scene 7 Cordelia and Kent with Lear

16 King Lear -- Act V Scene 1 Edmund and Regan Goneril and Albany Edgar to Albany Edmund Scene 2 Edgar and Gloucester Scene 3 Edmund with Lear and Cordelia Albany Edgar and Edmund fight Goneril and Regan dead Lear carries Cordelia in Restoration of Order

17 King Lear, Act V, scene 3 Lear Goneril Albany Cordelia Kent Regan


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