King Lear

Misogyny is instrumental and instructive - Coppelia Khan
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Desire to be mothered by Cordelia
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Hysterico passio! Down, thou climbing sorrow/ thy elements below
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No blown ambition doth our arms incite/ but love, dear love
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Women's weapons
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be aidant and remediate
Cordelia can be seen as a manifestation of grace, forgiveness, redeems and sacrifices and is seen to be christ like.
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Bring him to our eye
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Gonerill, Regan and Cordelia are adrift in an ahistorical story - Cupitt
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So kind a father
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The use of archetypes rather than the development of characters - Cupitt
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We
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Nothing will come of nothing
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Body politic and body natural
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Loyal and natural boy
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Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit
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The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That it’s had it head bit off by it young
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gilded serpent
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But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter/ or rather a disease that's in my flesh
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Boil
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Plague
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Embossed carbuncle
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Stand not between a dragon and his wrath
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Here I stand your slave/ A poor, infirm, weak and despised old man
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'O my follies! Then Edgar was abused? Kind Gods, forgive me that prosper him'
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we have divided In three our kingdom... to shake all cares and business from our age
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Into her womb convey sterility
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Much of Lear’s railing seems to be directed at the fact that the daughters actually use the political power he cedes to them, in precedence of the familial power he should hold over them as father – Cupitt
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Lear’s desire to be mothered by Cordelia – Coppelia Kahn “The absent mother in King Lear” (psychoanalytical)
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An exploration of male anxiety of the way feelings are apparently feminine – Coppelia Kahn
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In Shakespeare’s time Hysteria was also called ‘the mother’ – Coppelia Kahn
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The puritan goodwife Cordelia the redeemer
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Titanic tragedy of human life – Swinburne
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“Give me the map there. Know, that we have divided In three our kingdom” “Unburdened crawl toward death”
Renaissance society was both Patriarchal and Gerontocratic meaning men didn’t retire at old age
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“As flies to wanton boys, are we to th’ gods; They kill us for their sport.” (Act 4 Scene 1)
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“The dark and vicious place where thee he got cost him his eyes” Edgar
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“Who in lusty stealth of nature take” Edmond
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“He [Shakespeare] starts from the hypothesis, whatever his personal beliefs, that the gods are indifferent, or hostile, or inexplicable, or even a man-made fiction, and that there is no after-life in which the injustices of life on earth may be set r
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“Human beings are entirely responsible for their actions, and that if these lead to disaster, the tragedy is absolute” – Kenneth Muir
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“Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty” – Gonerill
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“Nothing my lord”
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“I thought to set my rest On her kind nursery”
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“This hideous rashness” Kent
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“Her price has fallen”
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“Why ‘*******’ wherefore ‘base’?”
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“Now gods, stand up for bastards!”
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“Abhorred villain, unnatural, detested, brutish villain”
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“Let me if not by birth have lands by wit”
Niccolo Machiavelli proposed that rulers should act in an immoral and corrupt way
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“Brand us with base, baseness, bastardy, base, base”
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In Shakespeare’s playhouse the fool would have addressed the audience from downstage which would encourage them to identify with his view point
“The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long That it’s had its head bit off by it young”
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“My lady’s father” “You whoreson dog, you slave, you cur!”
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“Detested Kite” “Sea-monster”
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Into her womb convey sterility, Dry up in her organs of increase, And from her derogate body never spring A babe to honour her. Disnatured
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In cunning I must draw my sword upon you
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Now Edmond where’s the villain?
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Bedlam Beggar
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Pander Lily-livered Slave Rogue
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Fetch forth the stocks! – Cornwall
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Fortune, goodnight, Smile once more, turn thy wheel.
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O my follies! Then Edgar was abused
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See better Lear - Kent
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So out went the candle and we were left darkling - Fool
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The gods defend her - Albany
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Best object
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O you mighty gods! This world I do renounce and in your sights shake patiently my great affliction off - Gloucester
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Thy life's a miracle - Edgar
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This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often surfeits of our own behaviour, we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon and the stars - Edmond
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These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us - Gloucester
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Dost thou squiny at me?
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were all thy letters suns, I could not see thee
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Yes Edmond was beloved
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The wheel is come full circle - Edmond
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Lear has taken "too little care" of the "poor naked wretches" in his kingdom
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I am a man more sinned against than sinning
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Rule in this realm and the gored state sustain
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O let me not be mad, sweet heaven
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off, off, you lendings! come unbutton here
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Thou, Nature, art my goddess
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I have a journey sir, shortly to go My master calls me; I must not say no
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Gerontocratic
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