shakespeare exam 1 - Amanda Lynch Take Home Exam 1 Speaker...

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Amanda LynchTake Home Exam1.Speaker: King Lear Spoken to: The heavens or audience Significance: In this part of 3.4, Kent is trying to get Lear to go into shelter during the storm, but Lear is stubborn and says how he can hardly feel the storm anyways right now because of the mental state that he is in, and then sends the fool in first. Lear wanted some time to himself to pray. I think that this passage is displaying how bad Lear feels about what other less fortunate people have to go through, and it shows that he is developing a sense of sympathy. He is finally experiencing what it’s like to be in a worse situation, and now wants more wealthy people to know what it’s like as well. I believe that this passage is significant to the rest of the play because it displays one of the developing themes of the play, justice, as seen when Lear basically says how it would be fair for everyone to be put in someone else’s shoes that is less fortunate than they. I also believe it is significant, because it shows that Lear is starting to show sympathy, like I mentioned earlier, and I believe that one running thing in this play is watching Lear’s character change. 2.Speaker:The Prince of Morocco Spoken to: PortiaSignificance: During this part in the play, the three caskets are being offered to the men who wish to marry Portia, but they need to choose the right one. The choices are a gold casket, a silver casket, and a lead casket. So Morocco is reasoning through his choices, trying his best to pick the right casket, and he decides that neither lead nor silver are good enough to hold Portia’s picture in it. So he decides to go with the gold casket, because it is worth more and it is the one he thinks is worthy of representing Portia. But when he opens it, he finds only a skull and a scroll. This passage is breaking the news to Morocco that he chose the wrong casket. The passage is saying that even though something might be perfect on the outside doesn’t mean that what is inside is going to match the exterior. It is implying that he sees Portia for what she is on the outside, but doesn’t look at who she really is on the inside. It also says that people will be fooled for liking something for its exterior and not paying enough attention to the inside, and that sometimes, pretty things can be full of bad. Portia’s father wanted whoever to marry her to love her on the inside first, but Morocco choosing the gold casket represents that he loves her for the outside first. This passage is significant because it teaches the lesson of not judging a book by its cover. I feel like this play also tries to teach you to love people for who they are, and not by what they have or what they look like, and this passage does a good job of representing that.

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