King Lear- The Fool Act 4 Scene 2

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  • The Fool Act 2, Scene 4
    • AO1
      • While King Lear tries to exercise his rights as a king the fools echoes his insanity
        • this shows how is more rational
          • Counteracting the King's madness
      • As the King grows more upset the fool remains calm
        • he is apart from the King and Kent as he doesn't involve himself in their anger
          • shows how he may be part of Lear's conscious that he's ignoring
            • Our brains are constantly conflicting
              • Kent vs The Fool
    • AO2
      • "Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way"
        • More bad news on its way
          • Uses animal imagery as a pun
            • "thou bor'st thine ****"
          • again he foreshadows
        • Possibly referring to Lear as a goose?
          • He is uncontrollable
      • "Fortune that arrant whore, Ne'er turns the key to th' poor"
        • Wheel of fortune never turns in the favour of the poor
          • King Lear is now poor
        • Possibly referring the "arrant whore" as Goneril
      • "Let go thy hold when a great wheel runs down a hill, lest it break thy neck following"
        • Reference to the wheel again, irony in that the King was not poor before, he's done this to himself
      • "All that follow their noses are led by their eyes but blind men"
        • Reference to sight again
          • the fool references the sides of characters that in both plots will come to be destroyed by the ignorance of their children
    • AO3
      • "Lear is choleric and overbearing and almost childish in age"
        • The fool is rational as the king gets more angry and demonstrates how he goes to have "tantrum"
      • "Lear's intellectual error of anger is received with the conventional punishment of madness"
        • Reflected in Fool's last words before King get angry at Goneril
          • ""'twas her brother that in pure kindness to his horse buttered his horse"
            • National Theater, Adrien Scarborough, said it was "bunkum"
    • AO4
      • The fool in tarrot cards is a sign of self-relfection
        • Question your identity
          • Does the king want to be a child?


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