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Lear Prezi

Gods and Fortune

Jennifer Liwanag

on 20 December 2012

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Gods and Fortune Throughout the play "King Lear," the characters
shift from cursing the gods and fortune, and
through a loss of personal identity, begin to learn philosophical meanings of life and to trust the gods. When the characters are wealthy and high in power, they abuse their position and curse the gods and others for misfortune. "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..." - Lear (Act 1, Scene 1) "Now, by Apollo, king, / Thou swear'st thy gods in vain." - Kent (Act 1, Scene 1) "Hear, Nature, hear, dear goddess, hear! / Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend / To make this creature fruitful. / Into womb convey sterility. / Dry up in her the organs of increase, / And from her derogate body never spring / A babe to honor her." - Lear (Act 1, Scene 4) "To his father, that so tenderly and entirely / loves him! Heaven and earth!" - Gloucester (Act 1, Scene 2) "Be it lawful I take up what's cast away. /Gods, Gods! Tis strange that from their cold'st neglect/My love should kindle to enflamed respect.-/ Thy dowerless daughter,king, thrown to my chance" King of France(Act 1, Scene 1) "Let the great gods/ That keep this dreadful pudder o'er our heads/ Find out their enemies now -Lear (Act 3, Scene 2) "By the kind gods, 'tis most ignobly done/ To pluck me by the beard." -Gloucester (Act 3, Scene 7) "Narrator: As servants hold the chair, Cornwall forces out one of Gloucester's eyes. Gloucester: O cruel! O you gods!" -Gloucester (Act 3, Scene 7) "This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune (often the surfeits of our own behavior) we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars" - Edmund (Act 1 Scene 2) " Hear, Nature, hear dear goddess, hear!/ Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend/ To make this creature fruitful./ Into her womb convey sterility" -Lear ( Act 1 Scene 4) "Your business of the world hath so an end,/ And machination ceases. Fortune <love> you." -Edgar (Act 5, Scene 1) "You ever gentle gods, take my breath from me;/ Let not my worser spirit tempt me again/ To die before you please." -Gloucester (Act 4, Scene 6) "If Fortune brag of two she loved and hated,/ One of them we behold."-Kent (Act 5, Scene 3) "Think that the clearest gods,who make them/honors/Of men's impossibilities, have preserved thee." -Gloucester (Act 4, Scene 6) As the play progresses and the characters slowly lose themselves, fortune and the gods help them identify philosophical meanings of life. "Here, take this purse, thou whom the heavens' / plagues / Have humbled to all strokes. That i am wretched / Makes thee the happier. Heavens, clear so still: / Let the superfluous and lust-dieted man, / That slaves your ordinance, that will not see / Because he does not feel, / feel your power quickly." - Gloucester ( Act 4, Scene 1) "It is the stars. / The stars above us govern our conditions, / Else one self mate and make could not beget / Such different issues. You spoke not with her since?" - Kent ( Act 4, Scene 3) "O you mighty gods! / This world I do not renounce, and in your slights / Shake patiently my great affliction off." - Gloucester (Act 4, Scene 6) When the characters lose themselves completely to insanity, they begin to trust the Gods for help and surrender themselves to their destiny. Class
Discussion After reading King Lear, do you believe fortune and the gods had an impact on the characteristics of the characters in "King Lear" ?

Share with one partner next to you why or why not. Be ready to share with the class your opinion. All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
- Anita Bookner
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