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King Lear How is historical setting linked to initial crisis in Play? Setting Britian, pre-historical Britain pagan Monarchy Power=land-based Medieval-(feudal system) Play Obsessed with problems with disunity written during at time (1606) during which the interest was in unifying Britain King/Father Who is de-unifying Who loves him most? Love becomes quantifiable thing/ superficial Country civil war Crisis in family and political bonds NOTHING “Bond” unconditional why should the love a daughter has for a father be unconditional?—natural relationship, based on birth How does Lear misunderstand Cornerlia? Truth be thy dowery=money, he says he won’t give her a dowry, shows again that he thinks love is quantifiable Sythian-Barbarian, Lear says she is worse than cannibals and barbarians, saying she’s no longer his daughter because she’s been “unloving/ unnatural” He’s treating her like a thing to be done away with since she’s not giving him what he wants Natural/unnatural- big theme in the play
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course ENGL 432 taught by Professor Rust during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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