From King Lear, explain the meanings to "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks. Rage! Blow!"

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When Lear says "Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!" he is calling upon the storm to do its worst, both to him and to the world. One can tell that he is doing both because of what he says later in the speech. He calls on "you sulphurous and thought-executing fires"—that is, lightning bolts—to attack him directly and "singe [his] white head." He is not calling down the storm's wrath only upon himself, though. He also asks it to "strike flat the thick rotundity of the world," to crush the entire globe in its fury. Lear wants the storm to "crack nature's molds. All germens spill at once/That makes ingrateful man." This line means that he is asking it to destroy the human race altogether. He specifically demands that it do so not by killing all the humans at once, however, but by killing all the fertile women specifically; women are "nature's molds," filled with metaphorical seeds or "germens," that will "make ingrateful man" if they are not destroyed. Lear's rage against...

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