1. The play opens with a short scene in which Gloucester and Kent discuss two different fathers' love because of their children. How exactly does Lear feel about his two old daughters? So how exactly does Gloucester experience his two sons?
Lear seems that his two more aged daughters are filial and dedicated at the beginning of the play. Because the Ruler Lear realizes his death is nearing, he determines to split his kingdom into three parts and comes up with an idea: let his three daughters to tell him how much they love him so that the one, who is in love with him the most, has got the largest talk about. His two old daughters, who are Goneril and Regan, respectively, answer him with flattery and deception, brag their wish to the ruler with overstated words. This bragging, however, exactly complements what Lear wishes. Therefore, Lear's feeling about his two daughters is the fact, his two old daughters truly love him, centered after their flattery.
According to the dialog between Gloucester and Kent, it is known that Gloucester has two sons, Edmund and Edger. Edger is a legitimate son of his, whereas Edmund is a bastard. Gloucester loves Edmund just as much as Edger, because enough time while making him was fun, which is uncovered by the collection, "there is good sport at his making, / and the whoreson must be recognized" (1. 1, 13-16).
2. What evidence suggests that Lear is in love with Cordelia more than his other daughters? Through Lear's speech prior to the test for Cordelia, it is suggested that Lear is in love with Cordelia more than his two elderly daughters-"However now, our joy, Although our previous and least, to whose young love The vines of France and dairy of Burgundy Strive to be interessed. What can you say to attract A 3rd more opulent than your sisters?" In these lines, Lear's speech essentially means that, if Cordelia praises her father just like what her sisters do, she will get a greater share. Before the tests for Cordelia's elderly sisters, they are not given speeches like that.
3. What positive personality traits does Cordelia display?
Cordelia's honesty is exhibited through every series she talks in landscape one. For example, in the lines "Why have my sisters husbands if they say / They love you all? / Haply when I shall wed / That lord whose palm must take my plight shall carry / Half my love with him, half my treatment and responsibility. / Sure, I will never marry like my sisters, / To love my father all. "(1. 1, 99-104), it is exposed that Cordelia is a naive and honest character. Cordelia looks through the flattery advised by his more mature sisters and says Lear the truth.
4. What information are we given into Lear's personality in the beginning speeches?
Lear's irritableness and superficiality is discovered in the starting speeches. Lear judges a person basically predicated on what they say-His two more mature daughters reward him, but their words are totally opposing from what they truly feel. Ironically, Lear's youngest child Cordelia adores him from the bottom of her heart and soul and can't be identified by her words. Then Lear feels she actually is not thankful and disowns her.
5. Compare the answers of Goneril and Regan to the king's demand to listen to the extent of their love for him.
Lear's test for love is actually a demand for his daughters praises to him. And his two old daughter's exaggeration and overstatement of the wish to Lear exactly appeal to Lear's expectation. This is where Lear's superficiality is suggested.
6. Why does Cordelia's answer enrage the king?
Comparing to the bragging speeches given by her two older sisters, Cordelia's innocence and integrity obviously does not gratify Lear's expectation. This test of daughter's love is actually a demand for flattery. Lear's two scheming older daughters obviously look over what Lear would like. But Cordelia is innocent. She tells the reality about her sister's deception, which 's the reason that provokes Ruler Lear.
7. Do you consider Kent is justified in declaring Lear is mad?
In this line, I think Kent is justified in saying Lear is mad because Lear's test of love is practical at all. His two elderly sisters, who simply want the lands, can easily go away the test by flattery. However, his youngest girl Cordelia, who truly loves him, is disowned by Lear because she cannot illustrate how much she loves him. A use of sarcasm is developed here-bad people get advantage whereas good people get banished. The madness of Lear is shown here.
8. Why do you think Shakespeare uses rhyming lines in Kent's last speech?
The uses of rhyming lines in Kent's previous talk imply Kent's moderate and kind characteristics. This implication forms a distinction with the disordered expression said by Lear, who's in madness.
9. Explain how the King of France's words to Cordelia are intended to treat the wounds Lear has inflicted on her behalf.
King of France's words to Cordelia are designed to cure the wounds Lear has inflicted on her when Ruler of France says the range "Most choice forsaken, and most cherished despised! / Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon, / [b]e it lawful I take up what's cast away. " (1. 1, 260-262) Within this line, Cordelia's credibility is eventually identified by someone, which is an authorization to her integrity. Therefore, her wounds are healed a bit.
10. What's morally the state of affairs within the play at the close of the first field?
At the end of the first arena. Lear's two older daughters obtain the land and power because of their flattery to the test. However, Lear's youngest child Cordelia, who he loves first, is banished as a result of truth from underneath of her heart. Cordelia marries to King of France, who admires her integrity, with nothing.
11. Is Lear justified in his treatment of Cordelia in this picture?
Lear's treatment of Cordelia in this landscape is completely unreasonable. Lear's test of love is essentially a demand for flattery. His action of disowning Cordelia for her credibility is not justified whatsoever. This action indirectly unveils Lear's blindness as well.
12. Taking a look at Goneril and Regan's conversation which ends this field, how might you expect them to take care of Lear in succeeding scenes? Why?
According to the secret discussion between Goneril and Regan, I can tell there should be some conspiracies occurring between them because through the test, their characteristics are totally revealed-scheming. Once they receive the land and ability, they will be uncontrollable and limit Lear's ability.
13. A monarch dividing up his/her kingdom would have been troubling to Elizabethans. Why might such a course of action be dangerous for a country? What might be the results for the monarch and the actual heirs?
When a kingdom is in order of one solitary person, the decisions of a nation will be produced by one person, in another phrase, unified. Yet, once a region is divided to many parts for some heirs, each of the heirs will hold up because of its own opinion. They will most likely to have a disagreement to one another, which might bring some bad results.
Act One Arena Two
1. Matching to Edmund, the laws of the land and ". . . twelve or fourteen moonshines"(1. 2, 5) are what stand in the form of his happiness. What do you think about the idea of view he expresses in the first fifteen lines of the scene?
Edmund in the play is somebody who born "illegally", he's a bastard child, because his "legitimate" sibling is born 12 months sooner than him, he gets people's discrimination. In these first fifteen lines, Edmund boosts his evil ambition causes by people's discrimination and his own resentment of life, to gets what he think he deserve.
2. Do you consider Edmund is convinced in fate or creating his own destiny? Use (1. 2, 113-127) to find your support.
I think Edmund is creating his own destiny. Edmund deeply understand that fate has controlling everything. Edmund understand that he is born illegally, that is his fate. However, he would like to change his fate, create his own destiny by his evil plan, by changing his life. He says that folks will usually do the incorrect things and alter the responsibility to some other things. Edmund's dad compounds along with his mom under the dragon's tail, and Edmund's nativity is under Ursa Najor, however the thing won't change is he is a bastard.
3. Just how do Gloucester's gullibility and Edgar's nobility play into Edmunds hands?
Edmund hides a letter behind his backside, and let Gloucester view it intentionally. Edmund makes Gloucester believes that Edgar believes Gloucerster is too old, and he should supplying his power and let Edgar take his position. Edgar is a great brother that thinks Edmund's advice holds true and trust in him, which helps Edmund gets his plan work our very well.
Act One World Three
1. ". . . Idle old man, / That still would take care of those authorities/ That he hath given away! Now, by my entire life, / Old fools are babes again. . . " (1. 3, 17-20). Is there any truth in this accusation? Explain and support.
In these lines, Goneril is showing the audiences the truth that Lear has no power at all, and two sister are in control for your country. Through Goneril's shade, she sounds like want to eliminate his father, she says:" Old fools are babes again, and must be used/ With checks as flatteries, when they are seen abused. "(ll. 18-19) She wants to take care of his father terribly, and get his daddy out of her business.
Act One Field Four
1. What evidence does this field offer as to the more attractive side of Lear's personality?
In this landscape, Lear finally realizes that his little princess is a monster. Lear feel regret for Cordelia, he says:" O- most small problem, How unpleasant didst thou in Cordelia show!" assessing Cordelia and Goneril, Lear notices that what size the misunderstand he has make. The best daughter all of them, but he leaves nothing at all to her at the end, and Goneril is trying to get rid of him and also his enthusiasts. The attractive side of Lear is that he seems regret for his youngest little girl and do things very solid.
2. Exactly what does this scene tell you about The Fool and his role in the play? Use specific samples.
The Fool is acting a big role in the play. They can says the things that other people cannot. The Fool uses the third person perspective to look at the whole contemporary society, the problem that Lear being in. He says:"I've used it, Nuncle, since thou mad'st thy daughters thy mother. /For when thou gav'st them the rod, / and put'st down thine own breeches. " (ll. 160-163) What he's telling Lear is that Lear's daughters are managing the whole country, having more power than Lear, which just like Lear's mom. The Fool also uses metaphor says that in this situation, exactly like an egg, he cuts the egg into two 50 %, with empty inside.
3. Compile a list of all recommendations to sight, eyesight, and blinding in this arena. Based on these sources what do you think might happen later in the play?
- Two daughters got the power of the country.
-Youngest daughter acquired wedded to France.
-Lear does not have any power whatsoever, people begin treating him in a different way.
-Regan's attitude of dealing with his daddy.
-Youngest daughters situation.
Base on these, I believe both daughters treat Lear so bad, and finally, Cordelia comes back and Lear instructs her everything. Cordelia then shows her sisters a lessons, after that they find out their father comes with an incurable disease, three of them stick with their dad till the end.
Act One World Five
1. What do you think the main dramatic purpose of The Fool is?
I think the primary purpose of The Fool is to leads the audiences to see the whole thing, the whole romance between Lear and the daughters, also The Fool is a source of all these information, he explains to Lear the real area of his daughters, and doing a congrats of transferring the info.
2. How come King Lear keep The Fool close to him, and why does The Fool get away with his feedback to the King? Describe their romance.
King Lear retains The Fool near to him because The Fool is the one of the person that no involve in the whole thing, and The Fool is providing the idea of view of the people outside of the palace, the point of view of how they think about the complete thing. The Fool gets away along with his feedback to the Ruler because Lear has the power, in the event the Fool says anything wrong to Lear, make causes him die. Just like Lear's youngest little girl, his little princess says something amiss, Lear can marry her to the Ruler of France, without any sadness.