King Lear Quotations: Gloucester

“tis the time’s plague, when madmen lead the blind” emphasises the chaotic nature of the kingdom
“as flies to wanton boys are we to the gods: they kill us for their sport” conveys the powerlessness of the characters
“my old heart is cracked” stresses Gloucester’s complete dismay
“i am tied to th’stake, and i must stand the course” sense of duty and pride
“our flesh and blood, my lord, is grown so vile, that it doth hate what gets it” self-depracating nature – Gloucester’s bid for suicide
“you are a royal one, and we obey you” emphasises Gloucester’s loyalty to power and to Lear
“o, my follies! then edgar was abused. kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him!” Gloucester’s moment of clarity
“unmerciful lady” Gloucester on Regan