King Lear

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  • King Lear
    • Characters
      • Lear
        • "Which of you shall we say doth  love us most" -1.1
          • "Most" assumes love is quantifiable
          • Assumes love can be worded.
        • "Here I disclaim all my parental care.."
          • "...propinquity and property of blood" -1.1
            • Lear believes everything boils down to materialism
        • "I loved her most, and thought to set my rest on her nursery (Cordelia)" -1.1
          • He was hoping Cordelia would play the role of the mother during Lear's retirement
      • Cordelia
        • "Why have my sisters husbands if they say they love you all?"
          • Untitled
      • Goneril
      • Edmund
        • Is always talked down upon by his father to other people because of illegitimacy
        • "Wherefore should I stand in the plague of custom & permit?"
          • "I am twelve or fourteen moonshines lag of my brother?"
          • "Well then legitimate Edgar" -1.2
      • Edgar
        • "This country gives me proof and precedent of Bedlam Beggars who with their roaring voices strike in their numbed and mortified arms"
          • Taking up the role of a beggar gives Edgar an insight into the lives of the poor and homeless
          • Bedlam (Bethleham Hospital) was an asylum at the time Shakespeare wrote King Lear
      • Kent
      • Gloucester
        • "His breeding sir, hath been at my charge. I have so often blushed to acknowledge him that now I am brazed to 't." - 1.1
        • "i have no way and therefore ant no eyes""
      • Fool
        • "E're since thou mad'st thy daughters thy mothers" -1.4
          • Fool points out that ever since Lear gave his daughters power they'd become more like his mother bossing him around.
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      • Albany
      • Regan
    • Themes
      • Age
      • Family
        • Play focuses on the relationship between parent & child
      • Rightful Order
      • Power
      • Loyalty
      • Society & Class
    • Context
      • Sir Brian Annesly Lawsuit.
        • Had 3 daughters
          • Lady Grace Wildgoose
            • Her & her husband wrote to Sir Robert Cecil who was an influential member of the courts of both Queen Elizabeth & King James
              • Grace asked him to declare Annesly to be a lunatic so they could take control of his estate
          • Cordel
            • Annesly's youngest daughter defended Anneslly and succeeded in convincing the court that her father shall not be declared insane.
              • Grace asked him to declare Annesly to be a lunatic so they could take control of his estate
              • When Annesly died, heleft most of his estate to Cordell
          • Christian
      • England at the time
        • Bedlam (Bethleham Hospital) was an asylum at the time Shakespeare wrote King Lear

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