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King Lear (1606) Lecture Two: Shakespeare and the Allegory of Evil
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Classic study of Iago and Vice Tradition Bernard Spivack, Shakespeare and the Allegory of Evil (1958) Coleridge: “Motive-hunting of motiveless malignity”
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KeyWords Nothing: 34 times Nature: 41 times Old or Aged: 55 Eye or Eyes: 45 times Dotage: 10 times in Shakespeare’s corpus, 3 in Lear Fear, Safety, Trust Fortune: 25 times
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pp. 63-65, 1.4.343ff: PRE-EMptive STRIKE DUKE OF ALBANY: Well, you may fear too far. GONERIL: Safer than trust too far: Let me still take away the harms I fear , Not fear still to be taken. DUKE OF ALBANY. How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell: Striving to better , oft we mar what's well. GONERIL. Nay, then-
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p. 73: 2.1.1ff, FiSSURES in Social order CURAN: Have you heard of no likely wars toward 'twixt the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany? EDMUND. Not a word. CURAN: You may do, then, in time. Fare you well, sir.[Exit.] EDMUND: The duke be here to-night? The better! best! This weaves itself perforce into my business.
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p. 75: 2.1.23, Edmund tricks Edgar EDMUND: Intelligence is given where you are hid; You have now the good advantage of the night:- Have you not spoken 'gainst the Duke of Cornwall? He's coming hither; now, i' th'night, i' th'haste, And Regan with him: have you nothing said
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p. 77: 2.1.53ff, GLOUCESTER Fooled EARL OF GLOUCESTER: Pursue him, ho!- Go after. [Exeunt some SERVANTS.]-By no means what? EDMUND: Persuade me to the murder of your lordship ; But that I told him the revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend; Spoke with how manifold and strong a bond The child was bound to th'father
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p. 79: 2.1.95ff, GLOUCESTER legitimates bastard GLOUCESTER: Strange and fasten'd villain ! Would he deny his letter?- I never got him.-[Tucket within.] Hark, the duke's trumpets! I know not why he comes.- All ports I'll bar; the villain shall not scape; The duke must grant me that: besides, his picture I will send far and near, that all the kingdom
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p. 79: 2.1.106ff, GLOUCESTER to ReGAN GLOUCESTER: O madam, my old heart is crack'd, is crack'd! REGAN: What, did my father's godson seek
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course ENGLISH 350:323 taught by Professor Fulton during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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