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the failure of theodicy Jacobean Shakespeare: King Lear , Lecture 5
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Stanley Cavell, American Philosopher Disowning Knowledge: In Six Plays of Shakespeare (1987) First essay in series: “The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear,” 1969 Behavior in the play dictated by the desire “to avoid recognition , the shame of exposure, the threat of self-revelation.”
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P. 177, 4.1.end: Gloucester to Dover GLOUCESTER : There is a cliff , whose high and bending head Looks fearfully in the confined deep: Bring me but to the very brim of it, And I'll repair the misery thou dost bear With something rich about me: from that place I shall no leading need. EDGAR.
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White Cliffs of Dover, England
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Dover from the Channel
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P. 195; 4.6.1ff: near Dover. Enter GLOUCESTER, and EDGAr] GLOUCESTER : When shall I come to the top of that same hill? EDGAR : You do climb it up now: look, how we labor. GLOUCESTER : Methinks the ground is even. EDGAR : Horrible steep. Hark, do you hear the sea? GLOUCESTER : No, truly. EDGAR : Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect
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P. 197; 4.6.15ff: near Dover. Come on, sir. here's the place. Stand still. How fearful And dizzy 'tis to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs that wing the midway air Show scarce so gross as beetles: half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire - dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach
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P. 197; 4.6.31ff: near Dover. EDGAR : You are now within a foot Of the extreme verge: for all beneath the moon Would I not leap upright. GLOUCESTER : Let go my hand. Here, friend, 's another purse; in it a jewel Well worth a poor man's taking: fairies and gods Prosper it with thee! Go thou further off; Bid me farewell, and let me hear thee going.
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P. 199; 4.6.44ff: near Dover. GLOUCESTER : O you mighty gods! [he kneels]. This world I do renounce, and, in your sights, Shake patiently my great affliction off: If I could bear it longer, and not fall To quarrel with your great opposeless wills, My snuff and loathed part of nature should Burn itself out. If Edgar live, O, bless
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P. 199; 4.6.44ff: Ironic Suicide EDGAR: Gone, sir:- farewell. [GLOUCESTER falls.] [aside] And yet I know not how conceit may rob The treasury of life, when life itself Yields to the theft: had he been where he thought, By this had thought been past.- Alive or dead? Ho you, sir! friend!- Hear you, sir! speak! [aside] Thus might he pass indeed: yet
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P. 199; 4.6.44ff: Ironic Suicide: “cure”? EDGAR:
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