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Michelle Kang

on 16 July 2013

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Kent the Lover/Friend
- To stay by Lear's side to protect him

"My life I never held but as a pawn, / To wage against thine enemies; nor fear to lose it, / Thy safety being motive” (I.i.158-160)

"Let it fall rather, though the fork invade the region of my heart. Be Kent unmannerly when Lear is mad. What wouldst thou do, old man?" (I.i.146-147)
- Kent acts like a servant by the name of Caius in order
to look out for Lear
The friend – committed to hero/cause
Not complete without counterpart

A Presentation by Michelle, Rashmi and Rosita

Earl of Kent
: a reward after completing the quest
"The banished Kent; who in disguise followed his enemy king and did him service improper for a slave" (V.iii.221)
Lear is unaware that his daughters are betraying him but Kent knows anyway
Kent in the stocks:
"I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; My master calls me, I must not say no" (V.iii. 324-325)
Implies suicide as a result of his loyalty to Lear
Lear banishing Kent:
“If thou canst serve where thou dost stand / condemned, / So may it come thy master, whom thou lovest, / Shall find thee full of labors” (I.iv.5-7)
Kent trying to seek reason with Lear:
"Good my liege-/ When majesty falls to folly. Reserve thy state, and in thy best consideration check this hideous rashness. Answer my life my judgement, thy youngest daughter does not love thee least, nor are those empty-hearted whose low sounds reverb no hollowness (I.i.151-156).
"..There are moral standards in literature after all, even though they have nothing to do with calling the police when we see a word in a book that's more familiar in sound than print...the more exposed we are to this, the less likely we are to find an unthinking pleasure in cruel or evil things (Frye, 1963, p.60).
Literature's backbone consists of great literary forms, one being tragedy (Frye, 1963, p.69).

Earl of Kent
:"Comedy and Tragedy" masks which represent the base of literature
Recognition certificate:
Regan serves as one of Kent's dragons because she interferes with his quest:
From left to right, Goneril and Regan who act as dragons in that they prevent Kent from achieving his goals.
Kent is as loyal as a dog is to his master:
"The Scream" represents Kent's fear:
Embarrassment for Lear
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