English KL mock - Scott Ryrie In this extract Shakespeare presents Lears state of mind as in a state of disbelief This is immediately established

English KL mock - Scott Ryrie In this extract...

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Scott Ryrie In this extract, Shakespeare presents Lear’s state of mind as in a state of disbelief. This is immediately established through the interrogative tone in Lear’s first dialouge ‘with me? ‘They are sick? ‘They are weary?’ the interrogative tone here brings to light Lear’s disbelief, it aso highlights the struggles Lear has had to endure at the hands of his children as he is ‘sick’, he is ‘weary’ and he has travelled all night. Furthermore, Lear is also in a state of disbelief that he sent Gloucester to seek an answer to wether or not they could come in to speak and he could only come back with a no. This is shown through the imperative tone ‘Fetch me a better answer’ which one would perceive as being harsh and rage fuelled. In addition to this, Gloucester then tries to explain to Lear that ‘You know the fiery quality of the duke’ which indicates that there may of been some violence, as the adjective ‘fiery’ has aggressive connotations suggesting that he is short temepered and did not welcome Gloucester well. However, Lear exclaims ‘Fiery? What quality’ the interrogative tone in ‘Fiery?’ shows that Lear is undermining Gloucesters authority, which indicates that Lear believes that Cornwall is not fiery, and he thinks he can overcome him. This is furthered by the fact that Lear goes onto say that he’ll ‘speak with the Duke of Cornwall’. Moreover, Lear’s state of mind is presented as unstable. This can be seen when Lear is repeatedly communicating in short simple sentances ‘Vengeance!’, ‘plague!’, ‘death!’ and ‘confusion!’ the repeated used of exlammatory tone establishes Lear’s thought processes, it emphasises the fact that Lear cannot think coherently rather he is rambling off random thoughts that come to his head. This is in contradiction to Lear’s interrogative tone which shows that his emotions have suddenly changed from questioning to an enraged state of mind furthering Lear’s unstableness. Lear’s enraged state of mind continues when he exclaims ‘Dost thou undersatand me, man?’ which indicates that Lear’s emotions are torn and he is undermining Gloucester again, and acting in a condesending way. This establishes the fact that Lear’s mind is presented as unstable, as he repeatedly using short sentances and differing tones. Finally, Lear’s state of mind is presented as mad. In his final dialouge at the end of the extract, Lear’s is so enraged that he dominates the conversation. The use of imperative tone in ‘commands her service’ shows that Lear believes he still has absolute power and authority as a King. This is furthered by the fact that Lear proclaims that ‘When nature, being oppress’d, commands the mind to suffer with the body’ establishes that Lear’s mind is suffering just as much as his body is. Lear also admits that they need to ‘Take the indisposed and sickly fit’ which confirms that Lear knows he is unwell and mentally unstable. Lear also threatens them by claiming if theye do not ‘come forth and hear me’ he

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