King Lear: Quotes, Themes and Literary Devices

3/2: I am a man More sinned against than sinning. Justice: King Lear
1/4: Truth’s a dog must to kennel. Justice: Analogy/Aphorism: Fool
1/2: Now, gods, stand up for bastards! Justice: Edmund
4/1: As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. Justice: Simile/Hyperbaton:
1/1: We have no such daughter. Appearance vs Reality: Hyperbole: King Lear (about Cordelia)
1/4: Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest. Appearance vs Reality: Aphorism: Fool (to Lear)
1/1: Yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself. Appearance vs Reality: Regan (about Lear)
1/2: we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, Appearance vs Reality: Analogy: Edmund
1/1: Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides. Appearance vs Reality: Foreshadowing: Cordelia
1/1: Well may you prosper. Appearance vs Reality: Sarcasm: Cordelia (to Goneril and Regan)
Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter. Appearance vs Reality: Hyperbole: Goneril
1/1: Nothing can come of nothing: speak again. Chaos vs Authority: Aphorism: King Lear
3/3: The younger rises when the old doth fall. Chaos vs Authority: Aphorism: Edmund
2/3: ‘Edgar’ I nothing am. Chaos vs Authority: Hyperbaton: Edgar
4/1: ‘Tis the time’s plague when madmen lead the blind. Chaos vs Authority: Aphorism: Gloucester
4/7: I am bound Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead. Compassion & Reconciliation: Simile: King Lear (to Cordelia)
5/3: Thou’st spoken right. ‘Tis true. The wheel is come full circle. I am here. Compassion & Reconciliation: Aphorism/Metaphor: Edmund(to Edgar)
3/2: I tax not you, you elements, with unkindness. Nature: Apostrophe: King Lear (to Storm)
1/2: These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us. Nature: Foreshadowing: Gloucester
1/2: Thou, Nature, art my goddess. Nature: Edmund
1/4: How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is To have a thankless child. Betrayal/Vengeance: Analogy: King Lear (about Goneril)
2/4: But for all this thou shalt have as many dolors for thy daughters as thou canst tell in a year.(dolors: money/pain) Betrayal/Vengeance: Pun: Fool
3/7: Thou call’st on him that hates thee. Betrayal/Vengeance: Regan (to Glocester)
4/6: A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Blindness: Aphorism: King Lear
4/1: Bless thy sweet eyes, they bleed. Blindness: Double meaning/Metaphor: Edmund (to Gloucester)
4/1: I have no way, and there want no eyes. Blindness: Metaphor: Gloucester
2/4: there’s not a nose among twenty but can smell him that’s stinking. Blindness: Metaphor: Fool
1/1: See better, Lear; and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye. Blindness: Metaphor: Kent
1/1: Come not between the dragon and his wrath. Madness/Deterioration: Metaphor: King Lear (to Kent)
1/4: Thou hast pared thy wit o’ both sides and left nothing in the middle. Madness/Deterioration: Fool (to Lear)
1/3: Old fools are babes again. Madness/Deterioration: Aphorism: Goneril
2/3: I will (…) take the basest and most poorest shape. Madness/Deterioration: Edgar
5/3: We two alone will sing like birds in the cage. Parent & Child: Aphorism: King Lear (to Cordelia)
1/4: The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, That it had it head bit off by its young. Parent & Child: Metaphor: Fool
2/1: My old heart is cracked; it’s cracked. Parent & Child: Amplification: Gloucester (about Edgar)

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