King Lear | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "King Lear Study Guide." Course Hero. 10 Aug. 2016. Web. 4 June 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/King-Lear/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2016, August 10). King Lear Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved June 4, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/King-Lear/

In text

(Course Hero, 2016)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "King Lear Study Guide." August 10, 2016. Accessed June 4, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/King-Lear/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "King Lear Study Guide," August 10, 2016, accessed June 4, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/King-Lear/.

Act 5, Scene 2

Professor Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Act 5, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's play King Lear.

King Lear | Act 5, Scene 2 | Summary

Share
Share

Summary

Cordelia leads Lear across the stage and exits, followed by the sounds of battle. Edgar enters, leading Gloucester. He leaves his father under a tree briefly and exits; his return is announced by fainter sounds of battle. "King Lear hath lost," he tells his father; he adds that Lear and Cordelia have been captured. Gloucester says the spot is as good a place to die as any, but Edgar convinces him to persevere a little longer, and they exit.

Analysis

This scene is an interlude between the fighting set in motion in the previous scene and the outcome revealed in the following scene. Gloucester's admission that he is ready to die foreshadows his impending death. It is also important to help the audience understand the pacing and order of the story. With little scenery, props, or special effects, the chronology of the play must be in some ways overstated to the audience.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about King Lear? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors