King Lear: Act 3 scene 7 notes

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Act 3 scene 7 notes
Plot
Cornwall insists Albany is informed about the French invasion and orders the
capture of Gloucester. Goneril wants Gloucester to have his eyes removed.
Gloucester is brought before Cornwall and is surprised to be treated so harshly in
his own home. Regan insults him by plucking his beard. Gloucester admits helping
lear but condemns Regan and Goneril for their treatment of Lear. Cornwall rips
out on of Gloucester's eyes and is injured when a servant tries to stop him. Thi
servant is then stabbed by regan from behind. Glouecester's other eye is removed
and he is turned out of the castle.
Themes
Betrayal- Gloucester has suffered from the consequences of Edmund's
betrayal.
Loyalty- despite all this Gloucester is still loyal to lear
Gender roles- regan behaves in a way that is unexpected of women
Characters
Regan- behaves in a creul way and shows no sympathy. Appears very
dominant in this scene.
Gloucester- strong character as he remains loyal to lear through his
mistreatment.
Language features
Line 37 "so white and such a traitor"- regan is mocking Gloucester by
showing no respect for his age by bluntly calling his hair whit e and him a
traitor.
Line 68 "one side will mock the other" Regan's cruelty is shown as she seems
to be enjoying Gloucester's suffering by suggesting that he will look silly
with only one eye so the other muist be removed.
Irony as the moment Gloucester is made blind, he sees what has been going
on around him (line 85-88) and that edmund has betrayed him. He now
knows that Edgar was infact the loyal son and not Edmund as he had
previosuly thought.
Regan doesn't behave in a way women are expected to which opposes
Tannen's gender theory as she shouldn't use language to seek solutions but to
use emotions "(takes a sword and runs at him from behind)" which shows her
actions are unladylike. She also uses lots of imperatives and exclamatives
such as "Go thrust him out at gates" and "How now you dog!"

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