King Lear Act IV, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

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Doctor: Cordelia’s physician brought to heal the mad King

Messenger: brings news of England’s armed troops

Summary
In the French camp, Cordelia speaks of her mad father who has been seen wandering around in the fields, wearing the weeds that grow among the corn as a crown on his head. She orders the officer to scour every acre of the fields until they find him. She then asks the doctor whether medical knowledge can do anything to heal the King’s mind. The doctor assures her that rest, brought about with the aid of medicinal herbs that grow in the countryside, will be an effective treatment to cure the King’s madness. Cordelia calls upon the rare healing herbs...

(The entire section is 643 words.)