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With particular reference to the violence in Lear explore how Bond conveys his pessimistic view of society to the audience...

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With particular reference to the violence in Lear explore how Bond conveys his pessimistic view of society to the audience... Bond has a range of strong arguments about the need for violence in today's society. He feels that violence shapes and obsesses our society and this is mirrored in his perception of Shakespeare's King Lear. Act One Scene One, which opens and provides the initial feel of the book, begins with the dark and dismal subject of death. The stark reaction of the soldier when he realises the worker is dead is blunt and detached from the situation. He simply states "Move 'im then!" showing Bond's perception towards the apparently cold and callous working class. A pessimistic view if ever I saw one! The next dramatic contrast comes with the arrival of two of Lear's daughters - Fontanelle and Bodice. A soldier stands before a firing squad and Fontanelle complains of having wet feet; clearly unmoved by the situation and more concerned with such a tiny problem, in contrast, as her soggy feet. This clear contrast helps to show Bond's view on how the upper class at the time lived in a wholly different world to that of the working class ; they perceived violence within the working class as commonplace. ...read more.


The two daughters then disagree with their father's order to kill the worker and explain to him how they have defied him and chosen to marry North and Cornwall. This could be perceived as Bond's view speaking of an inconsiderate, backstabbing society or even his pessimistic view towards the minds of women. Then Lear makes a speech, speaking of how the people have to judge between him and his daughters. The speech is dramatic and so holds the readers attention. The one overriding point that I feel Bond is trying to convey is his view that ultimately power breaks the bonds within a family, etc. This could also be referring to society where the desire for power leaves some countries broken and weak, and even leads to Civil War. This is another example of Bond's pessimistic view of society. We then read of Fontanelle and Bodice plotting behind Lear's back, once again showing their extreme lust for power, through their words. "We must attack before the wall is finished." In Act One Scene Two, the scene is set on the parade ground with Lear and his men marching to the sound of music. ...read more.


By saying "It would be easier to get blood out of a stone" Bond manages to dramatise the situation as society often does. The next section that stands out comes in Act One Scene 4, where Fontanelle is enjoying torturing Warrington. She calls out to her father. These radical actions provoke a feeling of blind anger, but also show how Fontanelle was ignored in her younger years and perhaps had to contest for attention from her father. This contest mirrors Bond's viewpoint on society and how they battle for status and attention through their actions with greater and greater repercussions. Bodice then says "It can't be pearl? I think there's an error in this pattern book". This is a metaphor for the whole of societies' structure. A 'pearl' is a better stitch but it does not fit, so therefore society is not meant to function as it does; another one of Bond's pessimistic views on society. The innocent image of knitting is then twisted as Bodice pushes her needles into Warrington's ears and sings insanely as she wiggles them about. This powerful, disgusting act shows Bonds view on how society changes and like the innocent knitting needles is ever spiralling downwards, and becoming a violent writhing beast. ...read more.

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