King Lear: Act 3 scene 2 notes

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Act 3 scene 2 notes
Plot
Lear is on the heath in a storm with the fool and later on, Kent. He is shouting
violently at the storm while the fool is trying to ask id they could seek shelter.
Kent arrives and persuades Lear to seek shelter saying it is the worst storm he has
ever seen.
Themes
Madness- Lear's madness reaches a peak; he is commanding the storm to do
terrible things to him and the land.
Conflict- between Lear and the storm
Suffering- Lear and the fool are suffering as they are out in an extreme
storm.
Aggression- Lear's behaviour is very aggressive towards the storm
Characters
Lear- consumed by his madness, sparked by the betrayal of his daughters
which he takes out on the storm.
Kent- tries to calm Lear, eventually persuaded him to seek shelter, still
loyal to him.
The fool- loyal to Lear as he stays with him in the storm.
Language features
Dramatic irony- Kent is in disguise but Lear doesn't know this- adds humour
as it makes Lear appear gullible.
Dramatic effect of conflict between Lear and the storm, shown by use of
lots of short exclamative and imperative sentences in line 1 and imperative
verbs such as "rumble", "spit", "spout", ordering the weather to destroy the
world.
Dominance- Lear is dominant speaker has he has the most turns and also sets
the agenda as he ignores the fool and Kent as he is consumed in his madness.
Modes of address- Lear uses personal terms to address the fool showing he
cares for him.
Metaphors constantly used to connote power
Rhetorical tripling (line 46-47) Kent emphasises how bad the storm is.

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