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Amanda LynchKing Lear Journal Entry 4King Lear, Acts 3 & 4Act 3 was pretty eventful. I feel like this was somewhat of a turning point in the play, because it was when everyone started admittedly being insane, and the two parallels in the play really started crossing paths. For example, when Edgar and Lear realize that they have a lot in common, and they can relate to each other, I feel like this is showing the parallels crossing. I like the fact that they could relate to each other, because they both know that they are in really terrible situations. In Act 3, one running theme was definitely that thunderstorm. I really think that this is just showing how dark this Act is, and how everyone is starting to go crazy, just like how the storm is. I noticed that a lot of times, when someone would talk about how unhappy or mad they were, right after that, the script would add in how there is still the storm going on, so it kind of adds more craziness into it all. One thing that Act 3 made me realize that there really is no holding back in this play. People are really going full out crazy, disobeying each other all the time, and the violence level is higher than I have seen so far in reading Shakespeare. There aren’t even too many signs of mercy in this play either, which is weird with Shakespeare. One place where I did see mercy, though, was at the end of this Act, when the servants step in and try to help Gloucester. That part in the play was kind of unexpected, because of all the violence and betrayal. In the beginning of Act 4, I think that Edgar is saying how he feels like he is at the lowest point in his life, and he is trying to escape being ridiculed for that, with covering it up with Poor Tom, because he already knows that Poor Tom is going to be looked down upon, and that is the
kind of ridicule that he can handle because he knows that Poor Tom is really low as well. He just thinks that in being Poor Tom, it is just easier to handle things. I feel like when Gloucester is talking about how he feels bad, that this is a turnaround point for him. Even though he is blind now, I feel like finding out that Edgar was the good son figuratively opened his eyes to more. Seeing how bad he feels makes me like Gloucester more, but it also shows me how naïve he was in the first place. I do understand why Edgar is staying dressed up as Poor Tom, but I kind of wish he would just come out with it already to put his father out of the torment of not knowing where he is, even though Gloucester put Edgar through torment when he shunned him. I am trying to understand the part where Gloucester says “’Tis the time’s plague, when madmen lead the blind,”. I think what he is saying is that it makes sense for Edgar to lead them because how they are all messed up a little bit? Or something along the lines of that. I feel like he