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King Lear [William Shakespeare]: Essay Five [41 out of 50, 2001/2002]

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Edmund’s first soliloquy, “Thou Nature art… for Bastards”, is worded using a verse form; a form suitable for conveying Edmund’s passionate, personal beliefs.

From the very beginning, it is clear that Edmund is a firm believer in the natural world, “Thou Nature art my Goddess”. He prefers the ‘every man for himself’ attitude of the natural world to conventional, less mercenary religions – he takes a pre-Darwinian “Survival of the fittest” view.[…]

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King Lear [William Shakespeare]: Essay Four [19 out of 25, 2001/2002]

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In saying “Do you mark that?”, Goneril uses an interrogative to convey the incredulity she feels at Lear’s outbursts. Her apparent astonishment suggests that she isn’t one to think deeply (in this case as to why Lear is acting in such a manner); she is emotional and only considers what’s best for her.[…]

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King Lear [William Shakespeare]: Essay Three [35 out of 50, 2001/2002]

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The ‘Fool’ articulates his attempts to make Lear understand what Lear has done through the use of a light-hearted verse form. In fact, it could be argued that Fool talks in vers libre, a term which refers to “rhymes in which various metres, or various rhythms, are combined, or the ordinary rules of prosody disregarded.” This can be seen through his mixture of statements and rhymes in the same speech- coupled with his sudden changes in metres- for example, “I have used it nuncle, e’er since thou mad’st thy daughters thy mothers {an unrhyming declaration}… Then they for sudden joy did weep,/ And I for sorrow sung,/ That such a King should play bo-peep,/ And go the fools among {an ordered abab rhyme, with an 8/6/8/6 syllable structure}”. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that much of his wisdom-filled homespun philosophy is conveyed through the use of such a seemingly meaningless, harmless form.[…]

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King Lear: Essay Two [18 out of 25, 2001/2002]

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Lear is shown to be in a manic-depressive mood in this extract, as he considers the reasons for the position in which he finds himself, and begins to make intellectual breakthroughs.[…]

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KING LEAR [William Shakespeare]: Essay One [‘B++’-grading, 2001/2002]

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The first sentence we hear from King Lear is, “Attend the Lords of France and Burgundy, Gloucester.” This expectant imperative sets the tone for his contribution to the following discourse, and hints at his strong feeling of self-importance. […]

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