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April 12, 2007

Stormy Weather

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 3-5 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

KENT: Who's there besides foul weather? GENTLEMAN: One minded like the weather, most unquietly.

I knew that storm was symbolic as soon as I heard that it was storming outside. When I read this quote, I thought, "Oh, the storm is symbolic of Lear's state of mind-- Confusing and violent and basically just a mess." I still believe this, BUT, this whole play was a jumbled,confusing, violent mess! So was the storm foreshadowing of the events to come? What do you guys think? It's totally okay if you think I'm making too much of this storm too. Let me know!

Posted by CheraPupi at April 12, 2007 10:13 AM


I don't know about that Bethany. I never really came across this before. Good questions though. Thanks for trying! You too Jen!

Posted by: CheraPupi at April 12, 2007 10:02 PM

When I read this last year, I thought that the storm was symbolic of King Lear's state of mind as well, but now that you mention it, it could be forshadowing the events that later came. This may be a strange question, but can a symbol symbolize more than one thing in a story or play? I am not sure, I am sure it is possible, but is that what this storm is suppose to do? I don't Chera, good point and good question, sorry I couldn't help more.

Posted by: BethanyMerryman at April 12, 2007 8:13 PM

I'll admit that I didn't really pick up on that while I was reading it, but I think you're right; it is symbolic. I don't know that I'd go so far as to say that the storm was foreshadowing anything (if it was, it was subtle), but I definitely think it set the mood for what was happening and what would happen.

Posted by: Jennifer Prex at April 12, 2007 3:57 PM

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