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Symbolism and Animal Imagery in King Lear
Transcript of Symbolism and Animal Imagery in King Lear
(4.2. 45) Lear's inner anguish Pathetic Fallacy Chaos in the kingdom Crumbling of family ties Cruelty of the villains Karma Storm dispersion = Revelations Gloucester deceived by Edmund Edgar deceived by Edmund "I have no way, therefore want no eyes. I stumbled when I saw." (4.1.21) Lear blind to false love Lear naive to daughters plots Ignorant to struggles of common men - Selfish "I have taken too little care of this." "Detested kite! Thou Liest!" (1.4. 254) "When she shall hear this of thee, with her nails she'll flay thy wolvish visage.(1.4. 301) Lear accuses Goneril of possessing a wolf-like appearance. Lear calls Goneril a kite, which is another word for vulture or bird of prey. "Should have thus little mercy on their flesh? Judicious punishment! 'Twas tis flesh begot those pelican daughters." (3.4. 72-74) Lear is assimilating his daughters with pelicans. What is a symbol? A symbol is something that represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. The purpose of a symbol is to communicate meaning. In Conclusion.....