“Here I disclaim all my paternal care, / Propinquity, and property of blood, / And as a stranger to my heart and me / Hold thee from this forever” LEAR – Act 1, Scene 1, banishment of Cordelia
“If on the next day following / Thy banished trunk be found in our dominions, / The moment is thy death” LEAR – Act 1, Scene 1, banishment of Kent
“Call my train together – / Degenerate bastard, I’ll not trouble thee. / Yet have I left a daughter” LEAR – Act 1, Scene 4, leaving Goneril’s
“Suspend thy purpose if thou didst intend to make this creature fruitful” LEAR – Act 1, Scene 4, misogynistic language, talking to the goddess of nature
“Thou shalt find / That I’ll resume the shape which thou dost think / I have cast off forever” LEAR – Act 1, Scene 4, saying he will gain his power back
“‘Tis worse than murder / To do upon such respect such violent outrage” LEAR – Act 2, Scene 4, found out that his daughter and son-in-law have put Kent in the stocks
“And thou art twice her love” LEAR – Act 2, Scene 4, Regan is double Goneril’s love because she allows him to have more knights – material value shows love
“Nothing could have subdued nature / To such a lowness but his unkind daughters” LEAR – Act 3, Scene 4, to Kent about Edgar, assume that Edgar’s daughters have made him poor – misogynistic language
“No eyes in your head, nor no money in your purse?” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 6, to Gloucester, loss of sight and money, mirroring of Lear and Gloucester
“Upon a wheel of fire, / that mine own tears do scald like molten lead” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 7, destructive, moment of anagnorisis, wheel of fire links to wheel of fortune
“You must bear with me. / Pray you now, forget and forgive / I am old and foolish” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 7, to Cordelia, been healed of his insanity, anagnorisis
“Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia. / The gods themselves throw incense” LEAR – Act 5, Scene 3, moment of realisation of how much she has sacrificed for him
“And my poor fool is hanged” LEAR – Act 5, Scene 3, double meaning: Cordelia or the Fool? – some performance hang the Fool too
“Down from the waist they are centaurs, though women all above” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 6, depicting his daughters as animalistic, suggest a fear of female sexuality
“A man may see how this wold goes with no eyes” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 6, ironic because Lear blinded himself by his obsession with wealth, power and control
“When we are born, we cry that we are come / To this great stage of Fools” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 6, admitting his vulnerability without his kingdom he is more vulnerable to embarrassment
“I am even / The natural Fool of fortune” LEAR – Act 4, Scene 6, thinks his luck has always been bad but he brought it on himself
“Her voice was ever soft, / Gentle and low, an excellent thing in a woman” LEAR – Act 5, Scene 3, very poetic and romantic description of Cordelia
“Never, never, never, never. -/ Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, sir” LEAR – Act 5, Scene 3, repetition of never foreshadows his death as it connotes an end, one of the few times Lear accepts and appreciates help
“I find she names my very deed of love -/ Only she comes too short” REGAN – Act 1, Scene 1
“‘Tis the infirmity of his age. Yet he hath ever but slenderly / known himself” REGAN – Act 1, Scene 1
“Till noon? Till night my lord, and all night too” REGAN – Act 2, Scene 2
“I pray you, father, being weak, seem so” REGAN – Act 2, Scene 4
“What need one?” REGAN – Act 2, Scene 4, reducing the number of knights down to nothing
“Hang him instantly” REGAN – Act 3, Scene 7
“Shut up your doors” REGAN – Act 2, Scene 4, to Gloucester
“One side will mock another – th’ other too” REGAN – Act 3, Scene 7, the blinding of Gloucester
“Go thrust him out at gates, and let him smell / His way to Dover” REGAN – Act 3, Scene 7, throwing Gloucester out of his own house
“I shall never endure her” REGAN – Act 5, Scene 1
“It was great ignorance, Gloucester’s eyes being out, / To let him live” REGAN – Act 4, Scene 5
“My sickness grows upon me” REGAN – Act 5, Scene 3
“What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent” CORDELIA – Act 1, Scene 1, love test
“Nothing, my Lord” CORDELIA – Act 1, Scene 1
“I love your majesty / According to my bond, no more nor less” CORDELIA – Act 1, Scene 1
“Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides” CORDELIA – Act1, Scene 1, to her sisters
“We are not the first / Who with best meaning have incurred the worst” CORDELIA – Act 5, Scene 3, last words in the play – rhyming couplet – foreshadows her death
“Sir please you – “ OSWALD – Act 1, Scene 4, sparks off the argument – no respect shown for Lear
“My lady’s father “ OSWALD – Act 1, Scene 4, Lear’s lack of importance is emphasised
“Why, what a monstrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on one that is neither known of thee nor knows thee” OSWALD – Act 2, Scene 2, heated language – argument with Kent
“Help, ho! Murder, murder” OSWALD – Act 2, Scene 2
“Yet was his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, / and the whoreson must be acknowledged” GLOUCESTER – Act 1, Scene 1, talking about Edmund infront of him which sparks off the tension between them
“Unnatural, detested, brutish villain – worse than / brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. I’ll apprehend him” GLOUCESTER – Act 1, Scene 2, putting trust in Edmund
“Not in this land shall he remain uncaught. / And found – dispatch” GLOUCESTER – Act 2, Scene 1, mirrors what Lear says in his banishment of Kent
“O madam, my old heart is cracked, it’s cracked” GLOUCESTER – Act 2, Scene 1, foreshadows death of the broken heart – broken fathers repeat their words
“What mean your graces? Good my friends, consider / You are my guests. Do me no foul play friends” GLOUCESTER – Act 3, Scene 2
“By the kind gods, ’tis most ignobly done / To pluck me by the beard” GLOUCESTER – Act 3, Scene 2
“Because I would not see thy cruel nails / Pluck out his poor old eyes, nor they fierce sister / In his anointed flesh stick bearish fangs” GLOUCESTER – Act 3, Scene 2, could be said that Gloucester gives them the eye plucking idea
“O my follies! Then Edgar was abused. / Kind gods, forgive me that, and prosper him” GLOUCESTER – Act 3, Scene 2, anagnorisis, looking for a god to help him
“I have no way, and therefore want no eyes” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1, also doesn’t need eyes – more about understanding
“I stumbled when I saw” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1
“As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods. / They kill us for their sport” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1, we are just toys for the gods to play with
“Do it for ancient love” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1, restoring natural order – duty/loyalty
“Madmen lead the blind” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1, one has no physical sight and the other has no insight
“Dost thou know Dover” GLOUCESTER – Act 4, Scene 1, Dover is seen as a place of hope for many characters