king Lear: act 3 scene 7 notes

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King Lear: Act 3 Scene 7
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Lines 1-20: Cornwall insists Albany is informed immediately of the French
invasion, he orders the capture of Gloucester. Regan demands the hanging of
Gloucester. Goneril says his eyes should be put out. Cornwall addresses
Edmund as Lord of Gloucester and asks him to take Goneril home so that he
will not have to witness his father's punishment
Lines 21-42: Cornwall regrets that Gloucester cannot be condemned to
death without a trial. Gloucester is brought before Cornwall and is
surprised that, as host, he is treated so harshly. He denies being a traitor.
Regan insults him by plucking out his beard.
Line 37: "so white and such as traitor!" Regan is mocking Gloucester and
showing she has no respect for his age, by bluntly calling his beard white.
Lines 43- 68: Gloucester is accused of being in league with the French. He
admits that he helped Lear to escape to Dover, and he condemns Regan and
Goneril for their treatment of Lear. Cornwall tears out one of Gloucester's
lines 54-55: cruel irony as Gloucester didn't want the king to have his eyes
pulled out, but Gloucester himself very soon will suffer that exact fate.
Lines 69-95: Regan urges Cornwall to pull out Gloucester's other eye. One
of Cornwall's servants tries to intervene, and he and Cornwall fight. Regan
kills the servant from behind. Gloucester calls for Edmund to be told that
Edmund has betrayed him. Gloucester is turned out of his own castle to fend
for himself.
Regan shows no mercy and insists on her cruelty when she asks for the other
eye to be removed. She seems to suggest that he will look silly with the one
eye. (line 68)
Irony as the moment Gloucester becomes blind he sees what has been
happening around him as he learns that Edmund has betrayed him. (lines
Lines 96-105: the injured Cornwall goes back to seek treatment.
Gloucester's servants intend to get Tom o'Bedlam to look after their master.


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