King Lear Quotes (Act 4)

Act 1 Scene 1″To be worst, the lowest and most dejected thin of fortune, stands still in Esperance, lives not in fear.” Speaking: EdgarRecipiant: HimselfContext: Solioloqy about his misfortune.
Act 1 Scene 1 “I have no way and therefore want no eyes. I stumbled when I saw.” Speaking: GloucesterRecipiant: Old ManContext: The old man was attempting to lead Gloucester, but Gloucester did not want him to help.
Act 1 Scene 1″Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind.” Speaking: GloucesterRecipiant: Old ManContext: Old man tries to stop him from letting Edgar-or Poor Tome-from leading Gloucester.
Act 4 Scene 2″O Goneril, you are not worth the dust which the rude wind blows in your face.” Speaking: AlbanyRecipiant: GonerilContext: Albany is hella burning Goneril for supporting the decision to poke out Gloucester’s eyes.
Act 4 Scene 2 “Wisdom and goodness to the vile seems vile. Filths savor but themselves.” Speaking: AlbanyRecipiant: GonerilContext: Still roasting Goneril, this time telling her that the reason she doesn’t think anything of what she did ws wrong is because she is messed up in the brain.
Act 4 Scene 4″No blown ambition doth our arms incite, but love, dear love, and our aged father’s right.” Speaking: CordeliaRecipiant: Speaking aloudContext: The messenger gave her the news that Britain is pissed, and she muses about her love for her father and how it has pushed her to restore him to his “right”, or his throne.
Act 4 Scene 5″It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out, to let him live. Where he arrives, he moves all hearts against us.” Speaking: ReganRecipiant: Oswald, Speaking aloudContext: She was speaking with Oswald about where Edmund might be and what Goneril’s letter is to hiim, she then ponders how Gloucester will be an example to all of their evil, and everyone will hate them.
Act 4 Scene 6″Through tattered clothes small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hid all. Plate sin with gold, and the strong lance of justice hurtles breaks. Arm it in rags, a pygmy’s straw does pierce it.” Speaking: LearRecipiant: GloucesterContext: Lear is still insane, but occasionally he says something very insightful. Here he ponders how people like Goneril and Regan can get away with evil because they are rich, but a common man would be killed.
Act 4 Scene 6″When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” Speaking: LearRecipiant: Gloucester, anyone who will listenContext: Lear is reflecting that when we are born, we already know that the world kind of sucks.
Act 4 Scene 7″You do me wrong to take me out o’ th’ grave. Thou art a soul in bliss, but I am bound upon a wheel of fire, that mind own tears do scald like molten lead.” Speaking: LearRecipiant: CordeliaContext: Lear was just close to death, but Cordelia had a doctor help recessitate him. Lear says that he would rather die than live, and that Cordelia lacks that perspective because she is a happy soul who isn’t self destructive.

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