- 'Come, lets away to prison' and 'sing like birds 'i th' cage'
- 'When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down and ask of thee forgiveness'
- 'How dost, by boy? Art cold?' 'In, boy, go first'
- 'You heavens, give me that patience, patience I need!' 'Let fall your horrible pleasure'
- 'unaccommodated man' 'Off, off, you lendings!'
- 'We'll have supper i' th' morning'
- 'the tempest in my mind'
- 'I gave you all' 'I have ta'en too little care of this' 'I am old and foolish'
- Hal Holbrook: 'Boisterous, demanding, arrogant. He expects absolute obedience'.
- Stanley: 'the real fool here is Lear himself'
- Tony Coult: 'Diaster starts with the political act of dividing up the state'
- Edward Dowden: 'Lear is the greatest sufferer in Shakespeare's plays'
- LC Knights: 'Lear's final discovery is of his need for Cordelia's love'
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- 'According to my bond, no more nor less'
- 'your majesty'
- 'singing aloud, crowded by a rank fumier and furrow-weeds' 'as mad as the vexed sea' (about Lear)
- 'I cannot heave my heart into my mouth'
- 'Time will unfold what plighted cunning hides'
- Tolstoy: Argues that Cordelia refuses to quatify her love for Lear 'on purpose to irritate her father'
- Martin Old: 'Cordelia establishes herself as a model of sensible virtue'
- John Knox: 'Women are commanded to be subject to men by the laws of nature'
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Goneril + Regan
- 'the laws are mine, not thine' (G)
- 'milky gentleness' (G)
- 'pluck out his...eyes' 'Put in his legs' (R)
- 'old fools are babes again' (G)
- 'sweet lord' (R)
- 'i had rather lose the battle than that sister should loosen him and me' (G)
- Tiffany C Baker: 'Regan's refusal to bow to her father's wishes upset the established hierachy of the patriarchal system'
- Thorndike: 'Inhuman sisters'
- Rubio: 'Goneril and Regan are prseented as demons, monsters, anything but human'
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- 'Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit'
- 'Fly, brother, fly'
- 'Which one of them shall I take? Both? One? Or neither?'
- 'Edmund the base, shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper.'
- 'Why rand they us with base? With baseness? Bastardy? Base, base?'
- 'Some good I mean to do despite of mine own nature' 'This speech of yours hath moved me'
- 'The wheel is come full circle'
- 'Yet Edmund was beloved'
- Race Capet: 'Edmund ranks among the most despised figures of Shakespearean drama'
- A.C Bradley: 'His attitude is that of a professional criminal'
'Edmund regards men and women as merely hindrances'
'Edmund's illegitimacy...influences our feelings...it separates him from other men'
- Joseph Carroll: 'Many readers feel sympathy for a disadvantaged young man who's determiend to make his own way in the world'.
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- 'Villain, villain!' 'Unnatural'
- 'all dark and comfortless'
- 'O my follies! Then Edgar was abused!'
- 'Kind gods, forgive me that'
- 'As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods, they kill us for their sport'
- 'Tis times' plague when madmen lead the blind'
- 'I have a son... who is no dearer in my account'
- A.C. Bradley: 'The parallel between Lear and Gloucester... is so marked it cannot possibly be accidental'
- Rob Worrall: 'Gloucester spends most of the play learning from his mistakes'
- Lofgren: 'Gloucester is the symbol of blindness, both literally speaking and metaphorically speaking'
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- 'Edgar I nothing am'
- 'Draw thy sword'
- 'Thou art a traitor' 'toad-spotted traitor'
- 'bear free and patient thoughts'
- 'I smell the blood of a British man'
- Tolstoy: 'Edgar's escape is utterly imcomprehensible'
- Rebecca Warren: 'Edgar becomes an agent of justice'
- Mark Schwehn: 'Edgar's disguise both coneals him and reveals him'
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- 'good king'
- 'noble master'
- 'I have a journey, sir, shortly to go. My master calls me, I must not say no'
- 'Sir, 'tis my occupation to be plain'
- 'you rascal...beggarly...whoreson...'
- Michael Billington: 'There is something epic about the fact that the loyal Kent is enchained under a heroic, Soviet-like statue of Lear'
- Helen Gardner: 'The scene fo Kent's quarrel with Oswald... always arouses delighted laughter in the theatre and affords genuine relief to the audience's feelings'
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- 'untimely comes this hurt'
- 'Out, vile jelly!'
- 'Fetch forth the stocks!'
- 'Bind fast his corky arms'
- McLeish: 'Cornwall's part is small, and in one mode only: cold hearted cruelty'
- Boyce: 'His death is proof that triumph of villainy will not be total'
- Kyle Broussard: 'Cornwall is a hyena'
'Master of manipulation'
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- 'She that's a maid now and laughs at my departure/ shall not be a maid long unless things be cut shorter'
- 'be merry'
- 'Speak less than thou knowest'
- 'the egg i' th' middle'
- 'And I'll go to bed at noon'
- George Orwell: the Fool's 'jokes, riddles and scraps of rhyme... are like a trickle of sanity running though the play'
- Sean Lowe: 'the full purpose of the Fool is to stress Lear's poor judgement'
- Tolstoy: The Fool is 'utterly unsuited to the position and serves no purpose'
- G.Wilson Knight: 'the Fool 'attempts to heal the gaping wound of the mind'
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