Nature also symbolizes the disorder in britain with

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nature also symbolizes the disorder in Britain with the absence of King Lear’s authority. “Nor rain, wind, thunder, fire are my daughters. I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness. I never gave you kingdom, called you children. You owe me no subscription. Why then, let fall Your horrible pleasure. Here I stand, your slave— A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. But yet I call you servile ministers, That will with two pernicious daughters joined Your high engendered battles 'gainst a head So old and white as this.” Pg 127- 129 (E) Although Lear is losing his mind cause of his anger and frustration, he still demonstrates a degree on sanity because he still remembers the source of his misfortune. As he is in the storm he notes that the elements are not his daughters and he does not accuse nature’s weather of unkindness. He then compares nature to his daughters and explains how he didn’t give nature his kingdom and nature doesn’t owe him any obedience. Shakespeare’s use of personification shows how Lear views nature as a person. Although Lear acknowledges nature has been fair to him, he accuses nature of taking his sisters’ side by bringing the storm. “My wits begin to turn.— (to FOOL ) Come on, my boy. How dost, my boy? Art cold? I am cold myself. (to KENT ) Where is this straw, my fellow? The art of our necessities is strange That can make vile things precious. Come, your hovel. Poor fool and knave, I have one part in my heart That’s sorry yet for thee.” Pg 131 (E) Lear also demonstrates rational thought by admitting he’s losing his mind, he also shows compassion towards another character for the first time in the play. In the following passage Lear realizes their situation and is concerned about the Fool. The king’s concern for the Fool shows the strong relationship they have together and the love they have for each other. He then explains how something so simple like the hut can be so precious. He states that a part of his heart is sorry for the Fool.
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These injuries the king now bears will be revenged home. There’s part of a power already footed. We must incline to the king. I will look him and privily relieve him. Go you and maintain talk with the duke, that my charity be not of him perceived. If he ask for me, I am ill and gone to bed. Though I die for it—as no less is threatened me—the king my old master must be relieved. Pg 133- 135 (CL) Gloucester is notifying Edmund that he is enraged that Cornwall, Regan, and Goneril are his guests but are giving him orders. Gloucester knows that France is invading and Cornwall and Lear’s daughters are going to get what’s coming for them. Gloucester has decided to take the kings side and is going to search for him and secretly help him. He tells Edmund to go talk to them so they don’t suspect anything and if they ask for him to say he is sick and in bed. I has predicted that someone was going to help the king and it turns out Gloucester feels it is his duty to help him out.
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