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King Lear and the Storm : Pathetic Fallacy
Transcript of King Lear and the Storm : Pathetic Fallacy
Enter KING LEAR and Fool
Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!
Crack nature's moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man! The weather represents his mood Pathetic Fallacy The Great Chain of Being The clouds here are the same as the storm clouds Lear is commanding.
Above them is an almighty God who can punish all those who sin.
Lear would be seen on the picture as being closest to God and potentially able to communicate with him. Lear is very angry and feels betrayed. He is commanding the storm to destroy the world and rebuild it showing that he is very unhappy with it. Lear could be referring to Noah's flood which washed everything away and killed all the sinners before Lear enters after his entrance The Great Chain of Being is an ancient concept from Aristotle.
It depicts God at the top of the world and Lord of everything with angels beneath him on a cloud.
Kings are the highest of all the men in the drawing, just beneath the angels.