King lear Ao4
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Why would Lear's foolishness have particularly struck an Elizabethan audience?
Because the people at the time of Elizabethan reign feared England's future when Elizabeth died without heir or husband. Lear's decision to trust the kingdom in the hands of the maleficent Goneril and Regan and the repercussions could be an observation Shakespeare is making about the fragility of the monarchy and the sacredness of having caution.
What is Poor Toms predicament a parallel to in Elizabethan society?
Poor Tom is similar to the mad people the Elizabethans would visit in Bedlam hospital for entertainment. Shakespeare could be trying to make a point
Which play did Shakespeare write at the same time as King Lear that also questions authority and justice?
Measure for Measure
How is Lears parallel with Gloucester shown in Laurence Oliviers version of King Lear?
It is shown by the fact that Lear is shaved at the end, similar to Gloucesters beard plucking - a shameful act.
How is Edgars name significant in history?
• Edgar the peaceful is the name of a historic king that managed to unite England and Scotland, so maybe there is still hope at the end of King Lear.
The Wheel of Fortune motif appears significantly in the...?
The wheel of Fortune is a ___ and ___ philosophy
Medievel and ancient
The wheel belongs to what goddess?
How does the wheel work?
Fortuna spins the wheel at random and changes the positions of those on the wheel, some suffering misfortune others gaining huge amounts.
What does fortune appear as on paintings, a male or female?
A woman, sometimes blindfolded, "puppeteering" a wheel.
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