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“This courtesy, forbid thee, shall the duke Instantly know, and of that letter too. This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me That which my father loses—no less than all. The younger rises when the old doth fall.” Pg 135 (C) After Gloucester informs Edmund of what he feels is the right thing to do, Edmund betrays his father’s orders and does the opposite. Edmund is one of those characters who are willing to do anything, just to better them. We have seen characters like Edmund in various literary works and movies. Some examples are Lysander from Immortals who chooses to betray his town in order to serve King Hyperion. Another is Ephialtes, from 300, who betrays the Spartans in order to serve Xerxes. Also in Harry Potter, Peter Pettigrew betrays Harry’s parents causing their death just so he could be a deatheater. “But where the greater malady is fixed The lesser is scarce felt. When the mind’s free, The body’s delicate. The tempest in my mind Doth from my senses take all feeling else Save what beats there—filial ingratitude. Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand For lifting food to ’t? But I will punish home .” Pg 135 (E) The significance between the storm outside and Lear’s mental disturbance is demonstrates that his mind is still rational. He explains to Kent that when you feel a larger pain the smaller one disappears and in Lear’s case his larger pain is his daughters actions compared to the smaller pain which is the storm. Lear barely notices the storm because of his mental and emotional anguish and his obsession with ungrateful
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daughters. “Poor naked wretches, whereso'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta'en Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp. Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them And show the heavens more just. Pg 137 (CL) King Lear has changed because as he became madder he also has begun to demonstrate more sensitivity towards others and has been exposed to human cruelty. After he sends the Fool into the hovel, he kneels down to pray for the homeless. Lear’s situation and storm cause him to realize how poor people feel and live. He prays for other homeless who are in the storm and realizes how when he had power he did not care for the poor and homeless. His experience has made him ‘open his eyes” and changed his heart and turned him into a new man. His self-pity and sympathy for the safety of others marks the transformation of Lear. “Ha! Here’s three on ’s are sophisticated. Thou art the thing itself. Unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.— Off, off, you lendings! Come.
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