Scene III, Act IV in "King Lear" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Scene III, Act IV in "King Lear"
A literary analysis of scene III from Act IV of Shakespeare's "King Lear".
# 36062 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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This paper critically analyzes scene III from Act IV of King Lear by Shakespeare and identifies it as the scene of transformation and truth. The paper discusses how the King turns Mad and becomes the fool, Edgar is seen as sane as ever, the Fool's wisdom is noticed and Kent shows his true face. The paper also notes that set in the backdrop of the storm, the scene takes on a metaphoric intensity that makes the dialogue more intense and the transformations more dramatic.

From the Paper:

"Act III Scene IV comes after his daughters have thrown out Lear and he has realized that the love that they had shown him was false. They had followed his command so that they could get from him the property he bestowed on them and after that they wanted nothing more to do with him. Lear is an arrogant and egoistical man. His character is such that he likes flattery and he considers himself sensible and intelligent in all matters. He does not for a moment realize that the two daughters to whom he gives everything are mean spirited and evil. They have catered to his ego and in his ego is his belief. Thus, when in this scene he finally realizes the truth he cannot understand it. It undermines his very authority and makes him see that the life he had till then led was a lie and this lie had caused him to destroy all they he found worthy. This scene transforms Lear from a King to a man and is thus the turning point of the play.
"Lear leaves his ungrateful daughters and rushes out into a storm. In a rude shelter he meets the Fool, Kent (who has been released from the stocks), and Edgar, disguised as a mad beggar to escape his father's wrath. Only in his madness does he understand the truth and realizes that he probably wasn't such a good and smart king as he thought himself to be."

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