Monthly Archives: August 2013

“When we are born, we cry that we are come/To this great stage of fools.”

King Lear Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Four:  Edgar finds his blinded father who – not recognizing his son – asks to be taken to Dover to commit suicide.  Edmund, Goneril and Oswald enter, discussing Albany’s … Continue reading

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“Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are,/That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm”

King Lear Act Three, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————- I’d like to talk a bit more about Lear’s (and my) beloved Fool before we say goodbye to him. In the Quarto the Fool’s role ends with his participation in … Continue reading

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“See what breeds about her heart./Is there any cause in nature that makes these hard hearts?”

King Lear Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————– From Tony Tanner: “But of course foldings and pleatings and wrappings directly evoke clothing, and not for nothing are Goneril and Regan ‘gourgeously’ arrayed. There is much changing of clothes … Continue reading

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“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!”

King Lear Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————————– Act Three:  Lear appears with the Fool, raging against the storm and his daughters’ cruelty. Kent arrives and tries to persuade them to shelter in a nearby hovel, where the … Continue reading

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“I have full cause of weeping, but this heart/Shall break into a hundred thousand flaws/Or e’er I’ll weep. O fool, I shall go mad.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ————————————— For my Sunday evening post, and before we dive into Act Three (perhaps the pinnacle OF the pinnacle that is King Lear), I thought we should step back a bit … Continue reading

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“The Fool remains a better critic of Lear than all later resenters of the king, because he accepts Lear’s sublimity and uniqueness and they cannot.”

King Lear Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————- To start, a bit about the Fool.  It’s the changes in the Folio that affect the Fool more than other character in the play.  And in fact, his dramatic importance … Continue reading

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