The Fool is saying that one should be wary in the social world by keeping to oneself more than what one shows the world; speaking wisely and refraining from saying things, even if one knows them, if they could prove harmful later; and not giving up ones possessions in such quantity that one is left in a poor state. Cordelia helps to lead the French army along with her husband, but in the end the Earl of Kent and Cordelia take charge of the mad King Lear. It is painfully obvious that Lear has gone completely mad. This shows us several issues with Gloucester's fickle character. Gloucester sits uneasily on his throne, and is quick to believe that Edgar would plot against him, for his throne.
The taking off of his clothes emphasises his insight gain. Here I stand your slave, A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. Public setting of his questioning exemplifies this. Kent is admonishing Lear to see his wrong and notice the mistake he is about to make, Lear still continues to split his kingdom between his two disloyal daughters. It is observed that King Lear, by dividing his wealth between just two daughters has also given shares of his realm to their husbands, Goneril's Duke of Albany and Regan's Duke of Cornwall.
And the King gone to-night? We are controlled by them and we cannot change it. My duty cannot suffer T' obey in all your daughters' hard commands. Reinforcing his sycophantic and duplicitous nature. In the power struggle that follows Lear's retirement, this pits Gloucester against the younger generation: Lear's elder daughters and their husbands. Also, use of royal 'we' boasts Lear's power. And thou, all-shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o' the world! Also the way in which Gloucester and King Lear deal with situations is very contrasting.
The sorry sight in the forest of an ex-king, a mad man and a fool carrying out a mock trial is arresting and arouses pity in the audience. His very opinion in the letter! Lear is ignorant to the fact that only retaining his title as a king is powerless without any land or authority to support him. The contrast between characters is explored through the betrayal of their children, the love of their children and blindness of reality. Then he crys out to the fool that he shall go mad. Empathy makes a good leader. Kent says this in response to Lear's comment asking him to get out of his sight.
Analysis- Kind reminds us that Lear is a well-intentioned man, so we feel sympathy towards him. And we know that Lear favors Cordelia over Goneril and Regan. When Lear arrives at the castle, he's beyond livid that his messenger is being treated like a criminal. Context- Jacobean Society would have been familiar with the consequences division can cause. Symbolic and alluding towards his future circumstances losing his mind.
Analysis: Cordelia proves that politics may not be for her. The Daughters of King Lear Believes the Lies Gloucester is similar to King Lear in that he also has issues realizing which one of his children is honorable and which one is a scheming, power-hungry liar. Goneril angrily insults Albany, accusing him of being a coward. Your Graces are right welcome. Lear and Gloucester and both subject to blindness which ultimately is the main perpetrator of their downfall.
He believes in divine justice. Had he a hand to write this? Context- Jacobean audience would have been disgusted at Lear's decisions. Second of all we see that when a lot of communication was done by written notes and letters, especially in such circles, we see that Gloucester is fooled by the writing Shows us the superstitious nature of Gloucester as a person. However, also could suggest malleable quality in that they are easily manipulated by money. On top of that, Kent wants Lear to realize that his two daughters, Goneril and Regan, are deceiving him.
In the above lines, Lear calls on the winds to blow so hard that your cheeks crack. The homeless man is his son Edgar in disguise. Lear is ignorant to the fact that only retaining his title as a king is powerless without any land or authority to support him Loyal and noble Kent is trying to help Lear see that Cordelia is merely being integral unlike her sisters. King Lear pleads with the heavens not to let him cry. King Lear says that though he has a good cause for weeping, his heart will break into fragments before he will weep. How stiff is my vile sense, That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling.
Context- Message to James and Jacobean society. King Lear's jester, like many of the fools in Shakespeare's plays, is the person who usually perceives situations in the most honest way. Gloucester is booted out of his castle, labeled a traitor and left to die. The Beginning of the End The Earl of Gloucester is old school. Shakespeare uses animal imagery to show that Lear realises that we are mere animals. It's also dramatic irony as he has realised what the audience has known all along.