King Lear: act 4 scene 4 notes

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King Lear: Act 4 Scene 4
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Lines 1-20: Cordeila says Lear has been seen with a circle of flowers in his
hair. She orders a search for her father and promises a rich reward for
anyone who can cure his madness. A doctor says Lear may take his own life.
Lines 21-29: Cordeila makes it clear that the French are not interested in
conquest; her husband has reacted to her feelings towards her father.
Cordeila appears stronger and more dominant here, she suggests a feeling of
leadership as she is the dominant speaker (her turns are longest and most
Lear is wearing a circle of flowers on his head, giving the image that he has
lost all sense of reality and who he is.
Cordeila uses lots of imperatives showing her control, such as "send forth,
search" and "bring him to our eye" (lines 6-8)
Cordeila offers all her wealth for a cured Lear, showing she is caring in
nature despite what he did to her earlier on in the play.


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