King Lear Act III, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

Seeking shelter from the raging storm on the heath, Kent repeatedly prods Lear to enter the hovel. At first he rebuffs Kent, asking him to leave him alone, but the King finally replies that the storm invading his body is scarcely felt since the tempest in his mind is a “greater malady.” Ranting on about “filial ingratitude,” he reproachfully alludes to his daughters who, he thinks, “tear this hand” that feeds them. Vowing to refrain from weeping, he firmly resolves to endure, though his daughters have shut him out on a night like this. Calling their names through the din of the storm, he reminds them that he “gave all.” He promptly checks himself, afraid he will go mad. He decides to shun that...

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