Note to KING LEAR, 2.2.173, 'turn thy wheel'.
Given the follies sown by Lear and Gloucester and the destruction that is reaped from the guilty and innocent alike, one would be inclined to agree with Edmund's first assessment; yet before his death, Edmund admits that fortune's wheel has come full circle, depositing him below his brother where he began his quest for land and legitimacy. Rather than interpreting Shakespeare's intent for the.
KING LEAR Dramatis Personae Lear, King of Britain. King of France. Duke of Burgundy. Duke of Cornwall. Duke of Albany. Earl of Kent. Earl of Gloucester. Edgar, son of Gloucester. Edmund, bastard son to Gloucester. Curan, a courtier. An Old Man, tenant to Gloucester. A Doctor. Lear's Fool. Oswald, steward to Goneril. A Captain under Edmund's command. Gentlemen. A Herald. Servants to Cornwall.
King Lear; she speaks—it is hard to believe it—scarcely more than a hundred lines; and yet no character in Shakespeare is more absolutely individual or more ineffaceably stamped on the memory of his readers. There is a harmony, strange but perhaps the result of intention, between the character itself and this reserved or parsimonious method of depicting it. An expressiveness almost.
KING LEAR: This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so, It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows That ever I have felt. KENT: (Kneeling) O my good master! KING LEAR: Prithee, away.(320) EDGAR: 'Tis noble Kent, your friend. KING LEAR: A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! I might have saved her; now she's gone for ever! Cordelia.
Notable Quotes in Shakespeare's KING LEAR. Famous Quotes and Dramatic Highlights King Lear my love's More ponderous than my tongue 1.1.77-78 —After hearing her older sisters deliver extravagant declarations of love for their father, King Lear, Cordelia tells herself that she is the one who loves him more than words can say. Now, our joy, Although our last and least 1.1.82-83 —King Lear.
In Shakespeare's King Lear, madness is one of the central motifs throughout the entire play. The main three characters that experience madness throughout the play are Edgar, the fool, and of course King Lear. Edgar and Lear experience their madness because of shock towards recent events and their bad luck with fortunes wheel. However ironically enough, the madness that these characters possess.
For example, in King Lear, when the Duke of Kent, whom fortune once favored with power and prestige, ends up placed in the stocks, he says: Fortune, good night, smile once more; turn thy wheel!