Dialectical Journal Act 2

Unbutton here tears at his clothes pg 141 143 r lear

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Unbutton here. (tears at his clothes) . Pg 141- 143 (R) Lear has found Edgar and is surprised to see a man like this since he is almost naked and dirty. As Lear’s humility is grows, his encounter with Edgar makes him realize that although his daughters have taken everything from him he is still not as worse as Edgar. Lear has realized the similarity between him and Edgar because they have both lost everything and the only thing different is that the king has more clothing. Lear tries to help Edgar by giving him some of his clothes because they are both “on the same boat.” Both Edgar and King Lear must face the cruelty of their uncaring world. I will lay trust upon thee, and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love. Pg 147 (P) Edmund has betrayed his father and informed Cornwall that Gloucester went to help the king. Edmund acts worried and nervous that he has betrayed his father but in reality it is all part of his plan to gain more power and wealth. Cornwall tells him to put his trust in him and he will show him that he’s a better father
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than Gloucester. I believe that as Edmund keeps betraying everyone, he is going to win Cornwall’s trust and then also betray him because the only thing Edmund cares about is power and wealth. He’s mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s love, or a whore’s oath… It shall be done. I will arraign them straight. (to EDGAR ) Come, sit thou here, most learnèd justicer. (to FOOL ) Thou, sapient sir, sit here.—Now, you she-foxes— . Pg 151 (R) The Fool and Edgar are encouraging the king’s madness because his hatred toward his daughter grows and they keep mentioning them. The Fool tells the king that you’d have to be mad to believe a “whore’s” faithfulness. You can tell the king’s madness is increase he then pretends to trial them as if they where in court. Since Edgar is mad and the Fool a fool they both encourage the kings trial of his daughters. Shakespeare use imagery to describe Lear’s daughter as predatory animals because they are vicious and savage but at the same time disloyal. “Make no noise, make no noise. Draw the curtains—so, so, so. We’ll go to supper i' th' morning. So, so, so. (sleeps) And I’ll go to bed at noon.” Pg 155 (P) Lear’s madness is demonstrated in his line because he says that they’ll eat supper in the morning when usually you eat breakfast in the morning. The Fool answers by saying that he will sleep at noon when usually you sleep at night. This is the Fool’s last words before he is hanged. Lear no longer understands the Fool’s nonsense because he himself is insane but truly the Fool, like Edgar, is sane. King Lear having become as mad as the Fool acted no longer sees use of him. The Fool also foreshadows his death because shortly after the king is awakened from his sleep, the Fool is caught by Cornwall and hanged.
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