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King Lear Parallelism Seminar

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Brandon Hong

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of King Lear Parallelism Seminar

By: Brandon Hong, Trevon Iris, Nick Kissoon
Parallelism in King Lear
What is Parallelism?
An arrangement of the parts of a
composition so that two or more
elements resemble each
other for effect.
How Shakespeare created Parallelism
Main plot and a subplot
Plots intermingling
Similar stories told through different characters
Why Parallelism is Important
Supports main plot
Makes the play more enjoyable
Helps reader connect
Main Plot
King Lear
Examples of Parallelism
Fathers forsaking children that love them
Lear & Cordelia
Gloucester & Edgar
Fathers trust children who are disloyal
Lear & Goneril/Regan
Gloucester & Edmund
Sibling rivalry
Goneril & Regan vs. Cordelia
Goneril vs. Regan
Edgar vs. Edmund
Quotes & Analysis
Fathers trust children who are disloyal
Lear: "I do invest you jointly with my power,
Pre-eminence, and all the large effects
That troop with majesty" (I. i. 129-131)

Gloucester: "And of my land,
Loyal and natural boy, I'll work the means
To make thee capable (II. i. 82-84)
People in disguise
Kent: "If I but as well I other accents borrow,
That can my speech defuse" (I. iv. 1-2)

Edgar: "my face I'll grime with filth,
Blanket my loins, elf all my hairs in knots " (II. iii. 9-10)
People in disguise
Dying of grief and old age
Sibling Rivalry
Regan: "I never shall endure her. Dear my lord,
Be not familiar with her" (V. i. 15-16)

Edgar: "Draw thy sword,
That if my speech offend a noble heart
Thy arm may do thee justice" (V. iii. 126-128)
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