Commentary On Act 3 Notes
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Commentary On Act 3 Revision
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Scene 1- Kent and the Gentleman search for Lear on the Heath Scene 1:
Occurs in swift short sentences allow us to see Lear's dramatic descent into madness
Spiralling downwards for both Gloucester and Lear
The Gentleman's descriptions of Lear on the heath prepare us for the sight of a lunatic King and also establishes the violence of the storm
Kent provides information for another kind of chaos, the French and English forces clashing
Character's anxiety should reflect that of the audiences Scene 2:
Lear's speeches establish and reflect the properties of the storm, anger and distress and chaos as he moves swiftly from one topic to another
Lear's isolation is shown by his lack of interaction with the other characters, also suggesting he is engaged in an internal struggle
Storm serves as a metaphor for Lear and England's plight
Lear's obsession with justice and criminal behaviour is introduced for the first time
The Fool's prophecy is ambiguous- providing light relief but also either suggesting virtue will triumph in England or that optimism about the future is misplaced Scene 3:
Evil continues to triumph and good intentions continue to be thwarted, Gloucester's good intentions to help Lear seem as doomed as Kent and the Fool's in the previous scene
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