Amanda LynchKing Lear Journal Entry 5King Lear, Acts 4 & 5I think that Act 4 shows a lot of mercy, especially with Edgar. This Act definitely shows how Edgar is a compassionate character in the play, and although he puts on many personas, he is still also one of the truest characters in the play. I feel like many people reading this play would definitely feel connected to Edgar, and grow a liking to him, just because if his personality, and how forgiving of a character he is. Along with him, however, Cordelia is definitely the other most compassionate person in the play, and I would probably have to say that she is my favorite. It seems to me like Edgar has some hope that things will improve, for example when he is opening up Act 4, and he says “The lowest and most dejected thing of fortune, still stands in esperance, lives not in fear”. I feel like this is saying that he has hope that things will get better for him, so he is not going to live in fear, but keep trying to improve his situation. Even though we talked about this in class, I just wanted to briefly mention one of the lines Gloucester says in 4.1, “I have no way and therefore want no eyes; I stumbled when I saw”. To me, this is saying that he knew he made mistakes when he had eyes, and almost took himself for granted, like he mistreated his capabilities. And when he says that he has no way, I feel like he thinks that he is just useless now, and that he can only make improvements on his life, because he didn’t do as well before. And I think that he says he wants no eyes because he feels like he will just abuse them again.
Another line that I would like to briefly discuss is in 4.2, said by Albany, “Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile; filths savor but themselves”. I feel like he is saying that if you are a bad person, even the good things in the world are going to seem bad to you, because that is how you perceive things, and that bad people will only be thinking about themselves. I feel like this could also be implying that bad people don’t have much room to improve, because this is just kind of how they will see things forever. I like the way that Edgar kind of sneaks clues into who he is to his father. Like in 4.6, when Edgar is convincing Gloucester that they are on the cliff, and Gloucester says how Edgar’s voice seems different, and Edgar says “You’re much deceived. In nothing am I changed but in my garments”. I like this because it makes sense for the situation, but it could also be almost