Shakespeare's King Lear Essay

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Discussion Write Up Day one of our discussion brought up the catharsis in King Lear (#4). I agreed that with Gloucester’s death there was not so much catharsis as there was sympathy and happiness. As readers, I think we were happier to see Gloucester put out of his misery “Pluck out his poor eyes” (3.7.58) and relieved at the fact that he died “smilingly” (5.3.201). I agreed that we readers were happy about Edgar’s ending since he had so much bad fortune throughout the play he deserved a break, which came in the form of him inheriting power. I thought Joe’s comment was interesting in pointing out that both Edgar and Kent were at the bottom of the wheel at the start of the play with Kent banished “Out of my sight” (1.1.157) by Lear simply…show more content…
Although the fool being brutally honest may not be that nice to Lear at least he is helping Lear realize the choices he made were wrong. I found the question about why the fool disappears very interesting and after thinking about it came to the conclusion that by the time he disappeared Lear has realized his mistakes and now just needs to act to fix those mistakes, shifting all the responsibility now to Lear. The poem was interesting (#7) and Maria making direct parallels to the book helped me to make connections between the poem and book because previously I had not seen how this poem represented the book. However, when Maria pointed out “He wants so much to say please, but won’t” directly represents the pride Lear holds in the book I started to see more similarities. “Now he’s been left alone” obviously represents Lear’s 2 daughters, Goneril and Regan no longer willing to house Lear. Also, “something he can’t taste” to me represents his loss of one of his senses however in the book it is his eye sight. Kathy had an interesting point I did not recognize whatsoever before and that was the theme of nature which was present not only in the poem but in King Lear and Hamlet. “Behind the hawthorn bushes”, “the cold blast”, and “the waste field of the afternoon” reminded Kathy of the deterioration of nature in Hamlet. This idea can be related to the use of nature in Edgar’s tricking
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