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ProtagonistThe protagonist of King Lear spends much of the play "not in...

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celinecia | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 20, 2008 at 10:00 PM via web

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The protagonist of King Lear spends much of the play "not in (his)perfect mind!How does Shakespeare present madness in the play and does the theme contribute to the dramatic impact.'

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hecate89 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM (Answer #2)

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Well the King goes completely mad and wanders the country side talking to his Fool, who's .. his voice of reason you could argue. He is basically the audience in telling him he's being stupid, do you know what I mean ?  

Also: Edgar pretends to be "Poor Tom" who's "raving mad" and leads Gloucester to Dover where Cordelia is, and he pretends to be crazy .. 

It does contribute to the dramatic impact. He thought he was an all powerful King and he drastically underestimated his one daughters love to him .. and he ends up being driven out by them and being powerless..

iuno, does this help any ? hopefully it does. haha

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celinecia | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 10, 2008 at 2:48 AM (Answer #3)

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Well the King goes completely mad and wanders the country side talking to his Fool, who's .. his voice of reason you could argue. He is basically the audience in telling him he's being stupid, do you know what I mean ?  

Also: Edgar pretends to be "Poor Tom" who's "raving mad" and leads Gloucester to Dover where Cordelia is, and he pretends to be crazy .. 

It does contribute to the dramatic impact. He thought he was an all powerful King and he drastically underestimated his one daughters love to him .. and he ends up being driven out by them and being powerless..

iuno, does this help any ? hopefully it does. haha

Thks...wonderful!

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 4, 2012 at 8:27 PM (Answer #4)

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Part of the thematic story arc of this play concerns Lear's achievement of sanity. This can also be seen as Lear's lesson as he goes from flouting the "natural order" to submitting to it. Lear, for a time, attempts to command not only his family but the elements of nature. His skewed understanding of his own power leads directly to his downfall and is manifested, for a time, as real insanity.

 

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