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King Lear Teaching Unit
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- Point out how and to what extent Lear is an example of a “tragic hero.”
- In three short paragraphs, identify and discuss three ways in which the Gloucester subplot mirrors the main plot.
- Identify at least three comments made by the fool that reveal his opinion of Lear. In what way does the fool function as the Chorus does in a Greek play?
- Write a short character analysis for each of the more important characters in the play. Identify their behavior and comment on their motivation.
- Demonstrate how the following theme that pertains to this play: The foolishness of the aged and the ingratitude of the young.
- Describe the relationship between Lear and the Fool. How is it similar and dissimilar to the relationship of Lear and his daughters?
- Identify the procedures of chivalry that are followed during the confrontational scene between Edgar and Edmund.
- Define and cite examples of the following literary terms: paradox, aside, pun, foreshadowing, subplot, simile, metaphor, comic relief.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.