Shakespeare for ECGA1

ACT 3 King Lear

Scene 1-2

WHO

Gloucester is Lear’s faithful friend

Edmund is the villanous illegitimate son betraying both his father and his brother

Lear is a King without a kingdom who is chased away from both of his daughters.

Edgar is Gloucester’s legitimate son who is chased away from his father’s castle under suspicion of treason.

WHAT

In the first scene Gloucester tells a secret to his son Edmund concerning King Lear and Edmund will betray his father’s secret. Gloucester is very worried about King Lear and puzzled by his daughters attitude towards him.

Lear meets Edgar who is disguised as Poor Tom, a poor chap who is mad. In the meantime, King Lear realizes that ‘madness comes from thoughts like this ‘ he repeats twice that all unhappiness comes from having daughters (Did you, too give everything to your daughters l. 14 and 23 p. 22)while Edgar/Tom says that his unhappiness comes from his lack of clothes.

Gloucester pities Lear and despite the fact that Cornwall and Regan forbade him to do so, he invites Lear to his castle. Lear wants to stay with Poor Tom and Gloucester agrees as long as the latter remain silent.

Gloucester, upon hearing Lear and his madness because of his daughters, realizes that ‘I, too, am almost mad. I had a son, but now he’s a stranger to me….but no father loved a son more than I loved him. »

WHERE

The first scene takes place in Gloucester’s castle.

The second scene takes place in a wild open field under a heavy storm.

WHEN

These scenes happen as Regan has told her father to go away and Lear is left alone in the storm. It’s also right after Edmund rushes to betray his father’s secret in scene 1.

WHY

Edmund in the first scene is proceeding with his plan to get rid of his father and brother by allying with Cornwall and Regan against his own father.

In the second scene, Gloucester realizes that his might have made a mistake by chasing his son away and tries to justify his action ‘He wanted to kill me ‘

HOW

Edmund pretends to be his father’s ally and manages to get a secret which is going to be very useful for him.

Gloucester out of friendship and loyalty finally decides he can’t leave his old friend all alone in the storm.

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