King Lear Act I and II Review

King Lear is the __________ year old king of Britain who decides to divide his kingdom among __________ – whoever loves him the most and best. 80, his three daughters
The subplot of King Lear hinges around the __________ and his __________. One, __________, is legitimate. The other, __________, is illegitimate. Earl of Gloucester, two children, Edgar, Edmund
__________ is the tragic hero. King Lear
King Lear’s tragic flaw is that he is __________. rash
Youngest daughter, father’s favorite. Honorable, but not always wise. Cordelia
__________’s stubbornness saves her from being too good to be true. Cordelia
The oldest daughter. Imperious, evil. Goneril
The middle daughter. Seems less evil, but has a lust for power. Regan
Loyal subject to Lear (a nobleman), an average man. He is elderly and gullible, but not weak. He is a considered a counterpoint to Lear; he is exceptionally brave. Earl Gloucester
__________ is the legitimate son of Earl – he will inherit the title and land. He is a rather dynamic character, and he is good willed in comparison to his evil brother. Edgar
__________ is the bastard, villain, and victim. He is ambitious, intelligent, ruthless. Because he is a bastard child, he cannot inherit anything from his father, or family. Edmund
Lear’s true, trusted follower. Kent
Goneril’s husband. Loyal to his country. Duke of Albany
Regan’s husband. Loyal to himself. Duke of Cornwall
A dramatic convention. He functions as the comic relief. Roams stage, talks directly to the audience. He sometimes gets away with wise sayings. The Fool
Goneril’s steward. Oswald
Former suitor to Cordelia. Duke of Burgundy
Current suitor and eventual husband to Cordelia. King of France
A gentleman of the Gloucester household. Curan
A tenant of Gloucester’s. old man
The story takes place in __________ times. prehistoric
King Lear was originally performed in __________ for __________. 1606, King James
King Lear is possibly based on __________. The True Chronicle of King Lear
Shakespeare was born at __________ in the year __________. Stratford on Avon, 1564
Shakespeare died in the year __________. 1616
__________ supports that everything in the universe has it’s own place/purpose. The Great Chain of Being
In the first scene, __________ and __________ discuss the possible division of Lear’s kingdom. They wonder which daughter (and as a result, which Duke) will get a greater sum of the inheritance. Eventually, they conclude it will probably be __________. Kent, Gloucester, split equally
Gloucester introduces __________ to __________. He explains how __________ is his bastard child, and how he was raised separately from his other son __________ . Edmund, Kent, Edmund, Edgar
Lear has his daughters come forward to express how much they love. This will determine __________. their inheritance
The following was said by __________ to __________.”Sir, I do love you more than words can wield the matter,Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty,Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare,No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor,As much as child e’er loved or father found—A love that makes breath poor and speech unable.Beyond all manner of so much I love you.” Goneril, Lear
The following was said by __________ to __________.”Sir, I am made of that self mettle as my sister,And prize me at her worth. In my true heart,I find she names my very deed of love—Only she comes too short, that I professMyself an enemy to all other joys,Which the most precious square of sense possesses.And find I am alone felicitateIn your dear highness’ love.” Regan, Lear
The following was said by __________ to __________.”Then poor Cordelia!And yet not so, since I am sure my love’sMore ponderous than my tongue.” Cordelia, Lear
In response to Lear’s request for admiration, Cordelia replies “__________.”Lear responds with “__________.” Nothing, Nothing will come of nothing
Even after giving his favorite daughter many chances, Lear eventually __________ Cordelia. disowns
When __________ speaks in rebuttal to Lear’s decision to banish __________, Lear __________ him as well. Kent, Cordelia, banishes
After the ordeal, Lear calls in both suitors. He explains that __________ has been stripped of her title, inheritance, etc. The __________ walks out, displaying no interest in her. By contrast, the __________ is impressed by her frankness. She leaves the country with the __________. Cordelia, Duke of Burgundy, King of France, King
At the end of Act I scene i, __________ and __________ conspire to take away Lear’s rule. Goneril, Regan
At the start of Act I scene ii, __________ gives a soliloquy about his position in society. He plots to forge a treasonous letter in regards to __________, only to have it addressed from __________ . Edmund, Gloucester, Edgar
In the fake letter, __________ plots to kill Lear for inheritance. He offers __________ half of the inheritance if he helps. Edgar, Edmund
__________ tries to pretend to be understanding, telling __________ not to make assumptions. He asks that he give him the benefit of the doubt.__________ is gullible, and believes him. Edmund, Gloucester, Gloucester
In Act I scene ii,__________ asks that he not make too quick a judgment before they talk to __________ as perhaps he is simply testing __________. He suggests forming a meeting where __________ can ask __________ about his proposals while Gloucester listens in secret. Edmund, Edgar, Edmund, Edmund, Edgar
Edmund tells Edgar to arrive at his place armed, so that it looks as though __________ intends to murder __________. Edgar, Gloucester
In Act I scene iii,__________ is upset with Lear. Mainly, __________ struck her attendant __________ for making fun of his fool. Also, she doesn’t appreciate having his one hundred riotous __________ around.__________ tells __________ to treat __________ coldly. And, to treat __________ with “weary negligence.” Goneril, Lear, Oswald, knights, Goneril, Oswald, Lear’s knights, Lear
In Act I scene iv,Kent is disguised as __________. He shows that he is still __________ to __________ when he trips __________ (for __________ was disrespecting __________). Caius, loyal, Lear, Oswald, Oswald, Lear
Act I scene iv,The __________ is very “chummy” with Lear, as usual. He speaks in a series of puns and double entendres. He essentially tells __________ that he made a mistake __________ up his __________ (he refers to __________ as a fool, just like himself). Fool, Lear, giving, power, Lear
In Act I scene iv,__________ continues to oppose __________, this time insisting that at least half of his one hundred knights leave the estate. __________ is infuriated and curses her. He states that he can now truly see her __________ – “Old fond eyes/Bweep this cause again, I’ll pluck ye out,/And cast you, with the waters that you loose,/to temper clay.”He goes as far as to asking nature to make her sterile. To follow, he hopes that her possible children are just as bad as she is. Goneril, Lear, Lear, evil
In Act I scene iv,After __________ leaves, __________ writes a letter to __________ – in order to build distrust between __________ and __________.__________, __________’s husband, criticizes __________’s treatment of __________. Lear, Goneril, Regan, Lear, Regan, Albany, Goneril, Goneril, Lear
In Act I scene v,Lear admits that he was harsh to __________. Cordelia
In Act I scene v,Says “I did her wrong.” Lear
In Act I scene v,Says “Thou shouldst not have been old til thou hadst been wise.”__________ tells __________ that he shouldn’t have let supposed wisdom cloud his judgement. He tells him that in spite of his old age, he can still make poor decisions. The Fool, The Fool, Lear
In Act I scene v,__________ prays for control over his __________ and sanity. Lear, temper
In Act II scene i,__________ speaks with the courtier, __________, who advises him that __________ and __________ will arrive shortly at Gloucester’s castle. He also passes on the gossip that there may soon be a war between __________ and __________. Edmund, Curan, Regan, Cornwall, Albany, Cornwall
In Act II scene i,__________ cries that he hears __________ coming and forces __________ to draw his sword with him. Telling __________ to flee, __________ then wounds himself with his sword before calling out to __________ for help. Gloucester arrives quickly and declares __________ a fugitive. Edmund, Gloucester, Edgar, Edgar, Edmund, Gloucester, Edgar
In Act II scene i,Regan declares that the __________ were responsible for Edgar’s treason. knights
In Act II scene i,__________ asks Gloucester for advice to make him feel important. Regan
While waiting to enter Gloucester’s castle in Act II scene ii, Kent recognizes __________. Being upset over __________’s treatment of Lear, starts name calling, insinuating that he is evil for siding with the king’s evil daughter. He tells __________ to __________. __________calls for help. Oswald, Oswald, Oswald, draw his sword, Oswald
When Cornwall and Regan arrive at Oswald’s side in Act II scene ii, __________ calls them __________. Kent, cowards
In Act II scene ii,Gloucester protests Cornwall’s decision to place __________ in stocks. But, he is overruled. After the others have exited, Gloucester apologizes to __________ and admits that the Duke is to blame. Alone, __________ muses over a letter he has received from __________, implying that she knows he has taken disguise and promises to try to save her father from the evil of her sisters. Kent, Kent, Kent, Cordelia
In Act II scene iii,Edgar disguises himself as “__________” (a poor, mentally ill person). Poor Tom
In Act II scene iii,”Edgar, I nothing am.” In this quote, __________ is recognizing that they are now __________. Edgar, disgraced
In Act II scene iv,__________ is furious that Kent was __________.__________ and __________ insult Lear by refusing to see him. Lear, Kent, stocked, Regan, Cornwall
In his speech in Act II scene iv,Lear shows that his is mercurial through his fluctuating __________ – which are very similar to a bipolar person. emotions
In Act II scene iv,Lear calls __________ “sharp-toothed” and “a vulture.” Regan responds by disagreeing. She rationalizes __________’s reasons. She agrees that he should really not have any __________ at all. Goneril, Goneril, knights
In Act II scene iv,__________ states “O reason not the need” in rebuttal to Goneril and Regan. This means that he believes that no matter what, it is customary for a king to have __________. Lear, knights
Act II scene iv ends with bad weather, mirroring the action’s dramatic turn. This is an example of __________. Pathetic Fallacy