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King Lear Theme Map

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Transcript of King Lear Theme Map

Major themes King Lear Sight / Blindness Goneril: I love you more than word can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space and liberty. 1.1.55 DSt Illegitimacy Lear: here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Propinquity and property of blood, 1.1.112 DSt Supernatural powers / fate and fortune Kent: Now by Apollo, King, Thou swear'st thy gods in vain. 1.1.162 DSt Family Gloucester: This knave came somewhat saucily into the world before he was sent for, 1.1.20 DSt Nature LEAR: thou hast sought to make us break our vows, [...] To come betwixt our sentences and our power,
Which nor our nature, nor our place can bear, 1.1.170 DSt Lear: come not between the dragon and his wrath.
I loved her most, and thought to set my rest
on her kind nursery 1.1. HC Goneril: as much as child e'er loved, or father found;
A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable 1.1 HC Gloucester: He cannot be such a monster-to his father, that so tenderly and entirely loves him 1.2
NT Fool: fathers that wear rags Do make their children blind. But fathers that bare bags shall see their children kind 2:4
NT Fool: The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo for so long, That it's had it's head bit off by it young 1:4
NT Albany: She that herself will sliver and disbranch From her material sap perforce must wither And come to deadly use 4:2
NT Gloucester (reading): This policy and reverence of age makes the world bitter to the best of our times 1:2
NT Edmund: And my invention thrive, Edmund the base Shall top th' legitimate. I grow, I prosper. Now, gods, stand up for bastards! 1:2
NT Edmund - "I grow, I prosper; Now Gods, stand up for bastards" (In film Edmund is directly forwarding this quote to the audience, and looks up to the sky) - MD (Fortune and Gods) - Act one, scene two, page 12 Edmund - "Which one should I take? One, both or neither? Both can't be enjoyed while both are still living" - MD (Fate) King Lear - "Mend your speech a little, lest you may mar your fortunes" - MD (Fortune) - Act one, scene one, page 4 Edmund - "This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeit of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars" - MD (Fate and Gods) - Act one, scene two, page 5 The fool -"The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,
That it had it head bit off by it young" - MD (Fate) - Act one, scene one, page 10 ` Lear:Thou shalt find that I'll resume the shape which thou dost think I have cast off for ever. SI 1.4.398 Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see. That face of hers again; therefore be gone without our grace, our love, our Benson.1.1.262 SW Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund as to th'legitimate. 1.2.16 SW His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge: I have so often blush'd to acknowledge him, that now I am Braz'd to't. 1.1.8 SW "As mad as the vex'd sea; singing aloud;" pg93 NG Gloucester: "As flies to wanton boys are we to gods" A4S1 NG Gloucester: "The winged vengence overtake such children" A3S7 NG Lear: Let copulation thrive, for Gloucester's bastard son Was kinder to his father than my daughter's got'tween the lawful sheets 4:1
NT Here I disclaim all my paternal care propinquity and property of blood 1.1.12 CM Will you, with those infirmities she owes, Unfriended, new adopted to our hate 1.1.201 CM Better thou Hadst not been born 1.1.233 CM Therefore be gone Without our grace, our love, our benison 1.1.264 CM Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund 1.2.16 CM Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit
1.2.73 CM I should be false persuaded I had daughters 1.4.22 CM O most small fault, How ugly didst though Cordelia show! 1.4.256 CM She may feel how sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child! 1.4.277 CM King Lear-
"By Apollo!"

Lear feels that he can justify
his actions by swearing by
the gods. King Lear-
"Then leave her, siv; for by
the power that made me,
i tell you all her worth."

He believes that he is
able to determine exactly
how worthy Cordelia is of his love. King Lear-
"For by the sacred radiance
of the sun, the mysteries of
Hecate and the night,
By all the operation of the orbs
From whom we do exist and cease to be—
Here I disclaim all my paternal care,
Propinquity, and property of blood,
And as a stranger to my heart and me
Hold thee from this for ever."

Lear feels that he has the power
to bring down the wrath of the Gods
on his daughter because he was chosen
by the Gods. King Lear-
"Hear, nature, hear;
dear goddess, hear!"

Lear is enraged by his
daughters disobedience
and calls upon the gods. Kent-
"Fortune, good night; smile
once more;turn thy wheel."

It is as if Kent is asking fortune to punish Lear for his actions against Cordelia "Away! By Jupiter" Lear pictures himself as an invisible god when in actual fact he is a fool.

"by the sacred radiance of the sun"
Lear is cursing daughter calling power down from the gods Cordelia: "Peace be with Burgundy! Since that respect and fortunes are his love, I shall not be his wife" Saying she will not be his wife because he is just marrying her for status and money not love. 1.1 CN Cordelia:And like a sister am most loth to call Your faults are named. love well our father To your professed bosoms i commit. 1.1 CN
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