Because of all this, it's easy for Cordelia to seem like a Cinderella figure and Regan and Goneril to seem like the wicked stepsisters. The Fool is saying that one should be wary in the social world by keeping to oneself more than what one shows the world; speaking wisely and refraining from saying things, even if one knows them, if they could prove harmful later; and not giving up ones possessions in such quantity that one is left in a poor state. Thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Since thus thou wilt appear, Freedom lives hence, and banishment is here. Lear, who is used to complete obedience from everyone around him, makes two related major errors: giving up of political responsibility by transferring power to his daughters; and trusting the flattering Goneril and Regan over the plainspoken, but true, Cordelia. King Lear Act 1, Scene 2 Who is it that can tell me who I am? So young, and so untender? So why does Cordelia refuse to go along with Lear's little game show-like love test? Captain 'Tis true, my lords, he did. He hath been out nine years, and away he shall again. We have a chance here to make contact with the millions of people out there who are glued to their computers.
You think I'll weep No, I'll not weep: I have full cause of weeping; but this heart Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws, Or ere I'll weep. I am sorry then you have so lost a father That you must lose a husband. I do invest you jointly in my power, 135 Preeminence, and all the large effects That troop with majesty. Kill thy physician, and the fee bestow Upon the foul disease. An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth: An they will take it, so; if not, he's plain. I yet beseech your Majesty, If for I want that glib and oily art To speak and purpose not, since what I well intend, 245 I'll do't before I speak- that you make known It is no vicious blot, murther, or foulness, No unchaste action or dishonoured step, That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour; But even for want of that for which I am richer- 250 A still-soliciting eye, and such a tongue As I am glad I have not, though not to have it Hath lost me in your liking. Then leave her, sir; for, by the pow'r that made me, 225 I tell you all her wealth.
He is thus asking for divine help to reverse the man made social order that treats him unfairly. Gloucester suffers a similar fate to Lear as he is tricked by his illegitimate son Edmund into believing that his son Edgar is treacherous, only to realize his mistake later. Tom's life has been been a constant struggle to survive for seven long years. I kill'd the slave that was a-hanging thee. The princes, France and Burgundy, 45 Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn, And here are to be answer'd. Sure her offence Must be of such unnatural degree That monsters it, or your fore-vouch'd affection Fall'n into taint; which to believe of her 240 Must be a faith that reason without miracle Should never plant in me.
King Lear pleads with the heavens not to let him cry. He always lov'd our sister most, and with what poor judgment he hath now cast her 315 off appears too grossly. King Lear Act 2, Scene 4 I will do such things,-- What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be The terrors of the earth. Is not this your son, my lord? All of the characters in the play are dealt with harshly and the consequences of their actions are well and truly punished. Therefore be gone Without our grace, our love, our benison. Who cover faults, at last shame them derides. Indeed, rumors of her return to Britain begin to surface almost immediately, and once she lands at Dover, the action of the play begins to move toward her, as all the characters converge on the coast.
But what art thou That hast this fortune on me? Gloucester has suggested to Lear that he is keeping poor company and Edgar contradicts this by comparing gentlemen to the devil. He begins to understand true injustice and as his madness takes over, he is beginning a learning process. If you will marry, make your loves to me, My lady is bespoke. Tut, I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. The observation we have made of it hath not been little.
I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less. He is saying that he is a foolish, senile old man who is more than eighty years old, not an hour more or less; the last part added to suggest his insanity as it makes no sense. The aging king of Britain and tragic hero of the play. General, 85 Take thou my soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine: Witness the world, that I create thee here My lord and master. The sway, Revenue, execution of the rest, Beloved sons, be yours; which to confirm, This coronet part betwixt you. Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just. No, you unnatural hags, I will have such revenges on you both, That all the world shall--I will do such things,-- What they are, yet I know not: but they shall be The terrors of the earth.
Still telling mad stories about doing the 'act of darkness' with his previous mistress, Edgar now claims that he has had more mistresses than the Sultan. Methinks our pleasure might have been demanded, 70 Ere you had spoke so far. Analysis: Gloucester wanders the heath after being blinded by Cornwall. Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; 55 Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour; As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable. Despite his flaws he is able to maintain the loyalty of certain subjects, particularly Kent and Gloucester.
However, these will not be enough to save him from madness and death. Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination: there's money for thee. Nothing can come of nothing. Enter Gloucester, with France and Burgundy; Attendants. Pray you, undo this button: thank you sir.
As he looks upon her he hallucinates that she has returned to life, a final moment of comfort before he dies. These weeds are memories of those worser hours. King Lear Act 2, Scene 4 1 - English Dramatist and Poet. Cordelia tears into them at the end of the scene in a very unsaintly way. Love's not love When it is mingled with regards that stands 260 Aloof from th' entire point.
I know when one is dead, and when one lives; 305 She's dead as earth. King Lear's thoughts turn to the plight of the poor and their vulnerability in a storm, a subject he acknowledges he has considered too little in his life. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yon simple thief. Lear, Act 3 Scene 2 I am a man More sinned against than sinning. Though this knave came something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the 20 whoreson must be acknowledged.