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  • Act II, Scene i
    • How does Edmund further deceive Gloucester into thinking Edgar is murderous?
    • Regan tells us why she and her husband Cornwall are visiting Gloucester. (lines 125-6) Why is she visiting?
    • As the scene progresses, Albany, Regan and Gloucester overhear the ruckus, and intervene.
        • Pause for a second here, and just recap. See following two slides.
    • Cornwall’s character is developed in this scene.
      • What is he like?
      • How does he contrast to Albany?
    • What is the significance of stocking Kent?
    Act II, Scene ii
  • II, ii
    • Why is Oswald at Gloucester’s castle?
    • Why is Kent at Gloucester’s castle?
    • Why does Kent attack Oswald? (Goneril’s servant)
    • Regan/ Cornwall and Gloucester hear the ruckus, and come to intervene.
  • II overview…
    • By now, characters are really showing themselves.
      • How is Regan’s husband (Cornwall) different to Albany? (What supporting evidence do you have for this?)
      • If Albany and Cornwall are different, are Goneril and Regan? Why/ why not?
      • We know Kent is honest and trustworthy, (for he stood up to Lear and took the punishment) Therefore, how does our faith in Kent affect our reading of events in Act II?
      • To what extent is Lear responsible for his poor treatment? consider Kent when thinking
    • NOTE: I,iv has seen Goneril treat Lear poorly. When her husband (Albany) appears, much of his character is revealed.
    • While Goneril is increasingly evil, Albany is not. Indicators?
      • He appears NOT to know that Lear’s servants have been reduced in number.
      • He tells Goneril that actually, he doen’t want to teach Lear a lesson for his Knights being rowdy.
      • So, we come to understand that Albany is much more humane than his wife.
    You’d think that it stood to reason that Cornwall (Regan’s husband) was similar to Albany. The sisters, after all, are similar. However, you’d be wrong. The
  • Lear Regan Cornwall Cordelia France Albany Goneril
  • Lear Regan Cornwall Cordelia France Albany Goneril
  • To what extent is Lear responsible for his own downfall?
    • When power to flattery bows… Kent I,i c. 145
    • Thou puttest down thy own breeches… Fool
    • What can you say to draw a third more opulent than your sisters…’ I,i
    • Consider too the response of Albany to Goneril’s treatement of Lear (
    • Consider Kent’s reaction to events – both Lear’s initial decision, and Goneril’s treatment of Lear.
  • II,iii
    • Edgar tells us that he will take on disguised form.
      • How will he disguise himself?
      • Why?
  • II,iv
    • Using 4 bullet points, summarize the action in this scene
    • How is the reduction of Lear’s Knights a failing of filial duty?
      • Consider Lines 254-257
  • COMPARISON: appeals to the gods…
    • Compare
      • the speech of Lear, when he rages against Regan (II,iv, 275)
      • Lear’s rejection of Goneril, (I,iv, 287)
      • Gloucester’s speech (I,ii, 106)
      • Edmund’s speech (I,ii, 122-37)
      • Lear II,iv, 22
    • What conclusions can we draw about appealing to the gods?
      • the elderly deceived are always appealing to the gods.
      • The young evil don’t believe in the gods.