King Lear - Key Themes

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  • Key Themes
    • NATURE
      • 'accommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art'
      • 'Who in the lusty stealth of nature...'
      • 'Nature cannot reason it thus and thus'
      • 'Which like an engine wenched my frame of nature'
      • 'man's life is cheap as beasts'
      • DISORDER AND CHAOS
        • 'My lady's father'
        • 'Dost thou call me a fool, boy'
        • 'Bor'st thine ass on thy back'
        • 'Monster, ingratitude'
        • 'Thou would'st make a good fool '
        • Women behaving like men (Goneril)
        • Kent in the stocks
        • 'Contending with fretful elements'
        • 'Man's nature cannot carry th'affliction nor the fear'
        • APPEARANCE VS REALITY
          • 'Robes and fur gowns hide all'
          • 'I other accents borrow... I razed my likeness'
          • The fools ditties
          • CLOTHING AND NAKEDNESS
            • 'And with presented nakedness out face the winds and persecution of the sky'
            • 'Unbonneted he runs'
            • 'Poor Tom'
            • Untitled
            • Untitled
    • POWER AND DUTY
      • 'Come not between the dragon and his wrath'
      • 'I do serve you in business... a brother noble'
      • 'Loyal and natural boy'
      • 'My good lord'
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    • JUSTICE
      • SUFFERING
        • CRUELTY
          • 'As flies to wanton, are we to th'Gods; they kill us for their sport'
          • 'Thy cruel nails'
          • 'Pluck out his eyes'
          • 'Vile Jelly'
          • 'Shut up your doors my Lord, tis a wild night'
        • AGE
          • 'O Sir you are old'
          • 'You should be ruled and led'
          • 'I die old man'
          • 'Thy bald crown'
          • 'Old fools are babes again, and must be used with checks as flatteses'
          • 'You see me here Gods, a poor old man'
        • 'Thwart disnatured torment to her'
        • 'To suffer with the body'
        • 'A man more sinned against than sinning'
        • 'Poor unfortunate beggar'
      • 'Stars govern our conditions'
      • 'All vengeance comes too short, which can pursue th'offenders'
      • 'Thy dear judgement'
      • 'Convey sterility'
    • SIGHT
      • 'I have no way, I therefore want no eyes, I stumbled when I saw'
      • 'how far your eyes pierce I cannot tell'
      • 'old fond eyes, I'll pluck ye out'
      • 'Eyeless rage'
      • Insight or Hindsight or Physical sight
      • MADNESS
        • NOTHING
          • 'What shall Cordelia speak, love and be silent'
          • 'Nothing my Lord'
          • 'The quality of nothing hath not such need to hide itself. Let's see, come if it be nothing I shall not need specticals'
          • 'Nothing can be made out of nothing
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        • 'Tell me whether a madman be a yeomen or a gentlemen? A King! A King!'
        • 'I will be the pattern of all patience, I will say nothing'
        • 'Strive flat the rountality of the world'
        • 'Who stocked my servant'
        • 'O me, my heart, my rising heart, but down'
        • 'I did her wrong'
        • 'I'll resume the shape which thou dost think'
        • Madder = more insight
      • Lear madder = more insight
    • PARENT & CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
      • 'How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child'
      • 'I have another daughter'
      • 'I never got him'
      • BETRAYAL
        • 'Look Sir, I bleed'
        • 'We must do something and I'th'heat'
        • Sisters, Edmund, Goneril's affair, Oswald and Kent
        • RECONCILLIATION
          • 'My father poorly led'? World, world world!'
      • 'To put one's head in, not to give it away to his daughters and leave his horns without case'
      • 'Deny to speak with me. They are sick, they are weary.'
      • 'Yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter, or rather a disease that's in my flesh'
      • 'In such a night to shut me out... your old kind father whose frank heart gave you all'
      • 'An ample tear trilled down her delicate cheek'

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