It is the way that characters change in a text that makes it worth reading. Intro: In the drama script, ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare many characters that are presented to us at the start change through difference circumstance throughout the text. Shakespeare’s play portrays a flurry of scenes which contradicts the ‘chain of being’ or natural […]

“I am a man more sinned against than sinning.” This statement implies that King Lear is not sinning as much, as compared his subjects and others sinning against him. I am writing from a classic perspective. I think that the statement is true because as he is the King, he is above all, meaning he can […]

The great chain of being is a strict hierarchical structure of all matter and life, though in medieval Christianity to have been decreed by God. The chain starts with God and progresses downward to angels, demons (fallen/renegade angels), stars, moon, kings, princes, nobles, commoners, wild animals, domesticated animals, trees, other plants, precious stones, precious metals […]

Explain these quotes: King Lear says: “By Jupiter, I swear no.” This piece of allusion is referring to the Gods. He is the King and therefore no man can tell him what to do, he only has to answer to the gods. By saying this he is really saying “I swear to God”. The conception of […]

Kent is saying that he thought the King was going to give his power to Albany rather than Cornwall, Gloucester agrees and says, it appears not to be that person he values most, but both are an even match and he is unsure who the king will give it to. I cannot see any motives […]

Act One Scene One   What is Lear saying in this excerpt? Is he being honest about his intentions here? Support your answer with evidence from the text. He is asking his daughters to spell out their love for him, as he is about to divide his kingdom. His excerpt, or piece speech is about […]

Quotes:   Act 1, scene 1   Page 11, King Lear.  Which of you shall we say doth love us most?          That we our largest bounty may extend           Where nature doth with merit challenge.   Page 15, King Lear.  By all the operation of the orbs* From whom we do exist and cease to be*; […]