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Long Days Journey into night - Analysing a scene The place of the scene is the dramatic resolution of the play, to be more exact, the end of it. In this scene, the conflict completely revealed, the reader knows the past and the conflict as well. All the four characters has been there. Jamie and Edmund are in the room, Jamie is sleeping and simultaneously James is coming into the room. He wanted not to speak to Jamie, however the drunken Jamie woke up and started to say poetic sentences and cite from different works in order to make his father furious and start an argument. Edmund is the one who makes them to stop that before Mary comes from her room with full of morphine. Jamie starts to make comments on his mother and creates another conflict with Edmund and James. Mary starts to speak to herself ignoring everyone in the room while the others are staring at her. They are trying to make contact with Mary, without any result. The men start to drink and ignore her; Mary is still speaking to herself. The tensions are very obvious, because in that part of the plot everyone knows what happened to Mary and what is the relationship among the family members. Like in the beginning James Tyrone doesn't want to be with Jamie in the same room, and later their conversation full of anger and hatred, these acts are revealing that they don't like each other. Later on, when Mary comes into
"Consider the dramatic functions ofthe fool in King Lear".
"Consider the dramatic functions of the fool in King Lear" Hannah veseli The fool's dramatic functions reach far further than is first obvious on the surface of his character. Although he is not without wit and humour, his usually gaiety has been soured to suit the high tragedy that is paramount to King Lear. His presence in King Lear, is not just to show the folly of the king (which is his actually job) as in other Shakespearean plays, but rather he has many other important dramatic functions. Having said that his gaiety is soured, he does provide a contrast to the otherwise perennial gloom that surrounds King Lear. This is used for a number of reasons; firstly if Shakespeare was to simply concentrate on the tragedy and not include any 'comical moments', the gloominess would become monotonous. However by adding contrast, almost by juxtaposition, it emphasises the depth and seriousness of the tragedy. This is especially true when one thinks that the fool's gaiety is less humorous than his predecessors, and in many cases simply common sense. This common sense provides a comparison with Lear's madness, once again emphasising the depth of it. A prime example of the fool's common sense, compared with that of Lear's madness is in the 'mock trial scene'. When Lear is 'putting Goneril on trial' (using a stool to represent her), the fool says "Cry you mercy, I took you for a
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English Lit: King Lear * Q: Discuss the presentation of Lear in Act II Scene IV. Explore the ways Lear changes in this scene commenting on his language and actions. Explore what they reveal at this stage in the play. 'I shall go mad' Act II Scene IV welcomes the theme of role reversal and reinforces the evident stripping of power encountered by Lear and the utter mistreatment of Lear which unveil a irrational and vulnerable king from the beginning to the end of the scene. Symbolism is used to impose an ominous idea from the very beginning of the scene as the fool is quick to interject Lear, and exclaims 'Winter's not gone yet, if the wild-geese fly that way'. The fool indicates and rightly so makes the prediction that despite Lear believes he has hit rock bottom and isn't receiving what is owed to him, things will only get worse. And with this, a negative and malevolent scene to come is projected by Shakespeare. Further, Lear is presented as a poor father. The fool also highlights the theme of role reversal when he announces to Lear 'Fathers that wear rags'. Role reversal is envisioned and thrown directly at Lear - how is it that Lear has nothing while his children have complete power and wealth? By 'rags', does Shakespeare suggest Lear's lack of wealth or Lear's lack of love? Lear has quickly been deprived of both as a consequence of his decisions and he is now left a
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"I am a man more sinned against than sinning" How accurate do you consider Lears assessment of himself to be in relation to act 1. "I am a man more sinned against than sinning" is the perfect quote to relate to King Lears characteristics and general attitude towards others. Lear is man flawed with a tragic fate, nevertheless the overall predisposition of the play is to discount Lears failings and regard the man with sympathy, understanding and compassion. However much Shakespeare tries to magnify Lears accomplishments it is hard not to recognise his own faults. Shakespeare shows Lears inadequacies through multiple mediums, firstly as a father through the lack perceptive qualities. Though the lack of understanding, Lear is unable to perceive good or evil within even his own daughters personalities. We witness the first sin of Lear, the love for flattery. Secondly, instead of giving away his land to the most capable and intelligent daughter, he intends to "divide in three [his] kingdom" based on "who doth love [him] most". As king of the country and ruler of all men, he should have been wiser than to believe in the empty glowing praise of Goneril and Regan. Yet Lear is a worshipper of flattery, he thinks love comes more in words than in actions, thus he enjoys listening to those "low sounds [which] reverb no hollowness". As his pride swells up to the false proclamations,
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How does Shakespeare present Edmund in King Lear? King Lear is a play about child - parent relationships, nature, Christianity and enlightenment. King Lear initiates with a King dividing up his land and bestowing it upon his three daughters. After being betrayed by his youngest born Cordelia, Lear banishes her and starts his struggle with madness. King Lear is a tragic play and ends with many characters dying after a bloody war. Shakespeare touched on many themes when creating his masterpiece and all of these can be voiced through Edmund which makes him an integral character to the play. Edmund is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Gloucester. He is one of the first characters mentioned in the play, and throughout the play he seems to be the personification of evil. The mendacious bastard betrays his brother and father before dying with little remorse. Shakespeare used a variety of literary techniques to convey his message about Edmund and used the villain as a pawn in the story about Good vs. Evil. Edmund is a godless character; he embraces the concept of humanism and refuses to answer to any divine being when he stresses "thou nature art my goddess" he instantly dismisses the notion of an abrahamic God. To be an atheist was still seen as "satanic" so for Shakespeare to present Edmund as faithless, it reasserts this notion of malevolence. Edmunds denial of God means he
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KING LEAR In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting both the characters of Edmund and Edgar. In king Lear, appearances, station and how what others think influences our actions are examined through relationships found in family and services: father and child; nobleman and servant. Even though we believe that what we look like and what we say are reflections of who we are. Shakespeare in King Lear shows that appearances and words are ever deceiving and are not clear indications of the soul or the mind. As we go through the play we begin to see the differences between both the characters. Edmund being the bastard son turns out to be dishonest, deceitful, greedy and very cunning Edmund is the younger and natural or illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester. Edmund is energetic and ambitious; he feels that he has been denied the advantages to which his appearance and abilities ought to entitle him. Edgar being the legitimate son turns out to be honest and loving towards his father and every one he comes across. I will also discuss the function of Edmund. At the beginning of the play (I.1.39-51) in King Lear's palace we see the earl of Gloucester and the earl of Kent discussing how Gloucester loves his two sons equally: Edmund being the bastard son and also the elder son and Edgar is the legitimate son. Although he loves both sons, Edgar is the heir. So at the
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Albert Ngo Ms. Ferracci ENG4UN – 05 July 17th 2012 Shakespeare’s King Lear: Blindness & Greed Into Madness Human traits and complexity hold the key to a character’s development throughout their lives. In Shakespeare’s play King Lear, there is excellent portrayal as to how greed and blindness were used to reveal the flaws of each character. These significant traits emphasize the theme of madness within Edmund and King Lear’s character growth. Edmund portrayed greed in an indefinite way and King Lear portrayed blindness in a prominent way, both of which, experienced madness in the process and eventually, led to their realization of the truth. Firstly, greed is inevitably displayed through Edmund’s selfish actions. Greed manipulated and conquered Edmund, the bastard son of the Duke of Gloucester, which caused him to act immorally and selfishly. Edmund stated in his soliloquy, “Lag of a brother? Why “bastard”? ... Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land, Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund as to the legitimate- Fine word, “legitimate”!”(1.2.6-18). Edmund displays such anger and resentment towards his brother, Edgar, because he was the legitimate son of Gloucester and the rightful heir to their father’s fortunes. Originally, Edmund acted upon jealousy and was mainly obsessed about inheriting his father’s land and fulfilling his desire