Flashcards in Lear Deck (10)
"Nothing will come of nothing, speak again"
"Who is it that can tell me who I am?"
"I am a man more sinn'd against than sinning"
"Unaccomodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal, as thou art"
Spoken in prose, contrasting Lear's previous blank verse and iambic pentameter, showing he is no longer "Every inch a king"
This was also the first recorded use of the phrase 'unaccomodated man' in english language
"He dies in agony... Not of pain but of ecstasy"
(In the belief that Cordelia is alive)
"Although Lear's actions don't help, they are the catalyst rather than the cause"
"The descent from monarch to 'unaccommodated man' thus conveys most potently man's fragility, fallibility and fatality"
Lear finally finds wisdom
"They told me I was everything: 'tis a lis, I an not age-proof"
A. W. Schlegal
Lear's downfall is a "fall from the highest elevation into the deepest abyss of misery"