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King Lear: Act 2 Scene 3 notes
Lear is on the heath in a massive storm, and is shouting at the storm in rage
demanding it to destroy all mankind. Kent and the fool are trying to get him to
shelter, but Lear is intent on competing with the storm for contol, he is reaching
the peak of his madness here.
Dramatic irony- the audience will know from their knowledge of events in
previous scenes, that Kent is in disguise as a servant. None of the
characters realise that the servant is actually kent.
Violence/madness- comparing the storm and the weather to Lear's distrubed
"I never gave you kingdom, called you children, you owe me no subscription:
then let fall your horrible pleasure; here I stand your slave" (line 17-19).
The oxymoron of `horrible pleasure' shows Lear's confusion in his mind that
is the cause of his mad behaviour in addressing the storm as a human being,
as these two words are of opposite meanings and don't fit together, which
reflects the chaos in Lear's mind.