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King Lear: Act 2 Scene 4
Key: plot form language structure character
Lines 1-58: Kent is still in the stocks. Lear and one of his knights and the
fool approach. Lear is outraged by Kent being in the stocks. He refuses to
believe that Cornwall and Regan put him in them. Kent tells of how he came
to be in the stocks. The fool implies that Lear brought this upon himself.
Lear leaves to find Regan.
Line 44-45: the fool implies that the worst is yet to come for Lear by using
a metaphor of the geese flying south for the winter.
"worse than murther" (lines 23-24) lines 14-21 show Lear's shock which
turns to anger that one of his servants has been punished in this way as it is
disrespectful to him.
Lines 18-19: contrasting pair (two sentences which are in the same form but
mean opposite things) creates pace and a poetic sense.
Lines 44-50: fool uses a riddle with a metaphor to suggest that Lear has
brought this upon himself as he has been a poor father so his daughters will
be unkind to him.
Lines 59-123: the fool tells Lear that some of his men have left him due to
his decline in fortune; the fool remains loyal to Lear. Lear returns after
being told Cornwall and Regan can't see him as they are tired from
travelling. Lear is confused in his response to this as he is both angry and
understanding; however seeing Kent in the stocks persuades him to act. He
sends Gloucester to tell Cornwall and Regan he will visit them.
Lines 67-70: the fool implies that everyone can realise what is going wrong
apart from Lear; Lear is blind to his failures.
Line 92-93: Lear is angry with Cornwall and Regan and this is shown by the
large number of short exclamatives used within one turn.
Lines 97-110: Lear starts of angry saying that being tired is an excuse but
then calms down and asks himself if they really are ill. However, he switches
back to anger when he sees Kent in the stocks which persuades him to act.
This change of heart shows Lear's confusion and madness.
Lines 124-187: Gloucester returns with Cornwall and Regan. Lear begins to
complain about Goneril but Regan will not listen to criticism of her sister,
she says Lear has misjudged her. Regan says Lear is old and should allow
himself to be ruled by those who know what is best for him. She urges Lear
to ask Goneril for forgiveness, Lear mocks this and Regan repeats it. Lear
curses Goneril again and assures Regan that she is different from her
sister. Lear wants to know who put Kent in the stocks. He asks the God's to
help him as he realises his daughters are against him.
Line 133: Lear uses a metaphor of a vulture to explain how cruel Goneril has
been to him.
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Lines 152-154: Lear is being sarcastic by mocking Regan's suggestion that
he should apologise to Goneril, he makes it sound like a stupid suggestion.
Line 156: "return..." imperative verbs suggest Regan is being very
controlling of Lear, she is overpowering him.
Lear uses a lot of predatory animals as metaphors for his two daughters.
These animals wait until their prey are most vulnerable before they attack,
suggesting Regan and Goneril have waited until Lear is old and weak before
they overpower him.…read more