A Level English King Lear Quotes

Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: LoveLink to other theme: NatureCharacter: Lear, Cordelia “Here I disclaim all my paternal care”- Lear pg. 9
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: LoveLink to other theme: PowerCharacter: Lear, Cordelia “Had I your tongues and eyes, I’d use them so// That heaven’s vault should crack” pg. 195
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: LoveCharacter: Gloucester, Edgar, Edmond “You know the character to be your brothers?”- Gloucester
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: LoveCharacter: Cordelia “I cannot heave my heart into my mouth”
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: LoveCharacter: Cordelia Lit Crit “[Cordelia’s] defeated by the genuineness of her love”- Frank Kermode
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: Anger Link to other theme: NatureCharacter: Lear “But yet thou art my flesh, my blood, my daughter// or rather a disease that’s in my flesh”
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalCharacter: Lear, Cordelia “I did her wrong”
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalCharacter: Gloucester, Edmond “All dark and comfortless. Where’s my son Edmond?”- Gloucester
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalCharacter: Lear “Your kind old father, whose frank heart gave all// O, that way madness lies”
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalLink to other theme: NatureCharacter: Edmond “Edmond I hear you have shown your father a child-like office” pg. 63
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: Resentment Character: Edmond, Edgar “Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land”- Edmond
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Evil Link to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Lear, Goneril, Regan “Is there any cause in nature that made these hard hearts?”- Lear
Theme: NatureCharacter: All of themLit Crit “[Suffering] reduces humanity to a bestial condition under an apparently indifferent heaven”- Frank Kermode
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Savage CreaturesCharacter: Goneril “Sharp-toothed… like a vulture” “wolfish visage”
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Savage CreaturesLink to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Goneril, Regan “Tigers, not daughters”- Lear
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Savage CreaturesLink to other theme: PowerCharacter: Lear “Come not between the dragon and his wrath”
Theme: NatureSub-theme: The UnnaturalLit Crit “The ending of the play is in a sense a second ending. We have already had the conventional moral ending”- Fintan O’Toole
Theme: NatureSub-theme: The UnnaturalLink to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Gloucester, Edmond “Loyal and natural boy”- Gloucester
Theme: NatureSub-theme: The UnnaturalLink to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Lear, Goneril, Regan “Unnatural hags”- Lear
Theme: NatureSub-theme: The UnnaturalCharacter: Lear, Goneril, Regan “Nature disclaims in thee: a tailor made thee”- Lear
Theme: NatureSub-theme: GodsLink to other theme: PowerCharacter: Lear, Goneril “Suspend thy power if thy didst intend to make this creature fruitful”- Lear
Theme: NatureSub-theme: GodsLink to other theme: PowerCharacter: Edmond “Thou nature, art my goddess to thy law my services are bound”
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Gods “As flies to wanton boys, are we to th’ gods/ they kill us for their sport”- Gloucester
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Men vs. Women Link to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Goneril “I will not speak with him”
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Men vs. WomenCharacter: Lear “Let not women’s weapons… stain my mans cheeks”
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Men vs. WomenCharacter: Lear, Goneril, ReganLit Crit “They now assume the male voice, the male space Lear has abandoned”- Carol Rutter
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Age Character: Lear “Here I stand your slave// a poor, infirm, weak and despised old man”- Lear
Theme: PowerSub-theme: AgeLink to other theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsCharacter: Edmond, Gloucester, Lear, Goneril, Regan “The younger rises when the old doth fall”- Edmond
Theme: PowerSub-theme: AgeCharacter: Lear “Old fools are babes again”
Theme: PowerSub-theme: IdentityCharacter: Lear “Who is it that can tell me who I am?”
Theme: PowerSub-theme: IdentityCharacter: Lear “Lear’s shadow”- Fool pg. 43
Theme: PowerSub-theme: IdentityLink to other theme: NatureCharacter: Lear “I’ll resume the shape that thou dost think I have cast off forever”
Theme: PowerSub-theme: MadnessLit Crit “The break up of the kingdom is followed by the breakup of Lear’s mind”- Robert Rehder
Theme: PowerSub-theme: StatusCharacter: LearLit Crit “Shakespeare chooses the most important man in the kingdom in order to maximize the importance of the action of the play”- Robert Rehder
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Status, Men vs. Women, AgeCharacter: LearLit Crit “He is subordinate to no one except by his own choice and failings”- Robert Rehder
Theme: PowerSub-theme: StatusCharacter: Lear “Attend the Lords of France and Burgundy”- Lear’s first words
Theme: PowerSub-theme: StatusCharacter: Lear, Kent “Out of my sight!”- Lear
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Pathetic Fallacy of the StormCharacter: Lear “Tempest in my mind”
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Pathetic Fallacy of the StormLink to other theme: PowerCharacter: Lear “You cataracts and hurricanes spout”
Theme: NatureSub-theme: Pathetic Fallacy of the StormCharacter: Lear, Gentlemen “One minded like the storm, most unquietly”
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalContext It was written after the Gunpowder Plot 1604 in 1606, Edmond’s letter appears like the letter written by Guy Fawkes
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: Betrayal Context Son vs. father conflict was seen as natural but daughter vs. father conflict was seen as unnatural
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: BetrayalContext Recent legal case of Sir Brian Annesley whose daughters tried to have him declared insane but one, Cordell, defended him
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsSub-theme: ResentmentContext Property was beginning to be much more important than your title
Theme: Parent-Child RelationshipsContext Sir William Allen in the era popularized lurid and brutal stories of suffering
Theme: NatureSub-theme: The UnnaturalContext Lear messes with the natural order of succession, James I believed strongly in divine right monarchy
Theme: NatureSub-theme: GodsContext By discussing paganism, Shakespeare sidesteps the fierce religious controversy of the period
Theme: PowerSub-theme: Men vs. WomenContext Patriarchal society but Elizabeth I proved men could rule just as well as women
Theme: PowerSub-theme: AgeContext Retirement was never usually considered an option by the gentry
Theme: PowerSub-theme: StatusContext Direct criticism of the monarchy was not allowed which is why Shakespeare’s plays are set in the past or abroad

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