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How would you stage the division of the kingdom scene in your production of King Lear? (Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 32-138)

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How would you stage the division of the kingdom scene in your production of King Lear? (Act 1 Scene 1 Lines 32-138) Introduction The reason why this scene is important is because that it introduces the main characters to the audience, it is the foundation of the play, it establishes the atmosphere of the play, it shows the importance of power and it starts the play with a simple, 'fairy tale' beginning. In the opening scene of the play King Lear calls his court together to announce that h will be dividing his kingdom among his three daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia The scene is important because it is the opening scene which introduces the main characters of the play. This scene also establishes the atmosphere of the play and shows the importance of power. In my version of the play the audience will see nothing on the stage at the beginning the scene will look empty, the reason it will look empty due to there being no light. When the lights effects are in action I will introduce the play in sections giving the play a different atmosphere. ...read more.

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The red costume will also have gold and diamond accessories to lighten up the costume and give it a different taste. When the King says give me the map there should be the map rising to the ceiling drawing the audiences attention. As the King is speaking the all the lights will be on the map and the King. When he inserts the love test, the Kings servant will give a green costume to each daughter, each costumer will contain one part of the divided kingdoms. This means that throughout the scene each daughter will be wearing a green costume containing one part of the kingdom. The reason for this is because the scene is on the division of the kingdoms and that the King intents to give each daughter one part of the kingdom. When Lear that Cordelia gets nothing makes the decision, the Kings servant will tare Cordelia's costume into half and give one half to Goneril the other half to Regan. When Goneril says: 'Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter' I will ask the actress to act like she is begging for one part of ...read more.

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By abdicating his throne he disrupts the great chain of being, which states that the King must not challenge the position that God, has given him. This undermining of God's authority results in chaos that tears apart Lear's world. Leaving him, in the end, with nothing. Following this Lear begins to banish those around him that genuinely care for him, as at this stage he cannot see beyond the mask that the evil wear. He banishes Kent, a loyal servant to Lear, and his youngest and previously most loved daughter Cordelia. This results in Lear surrounding himself with people who only wish to use him which leaves him in danger. At this stage in the play Shakespeare is showing that he has constructed a puzzling story. This means that things that the audience thought that was going to happen fails. At the end of the scene the audience feels confused they were thinking that Cordelia will get part of the kingdom, banishing her and the Kings servant and most of all leaving Lear with the people that wants to use him and doesn't like him. BIRKAN AKIN 11SXL ENGLISH Birkan Akin 11SXL ...read more.

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