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April 11, 2007

The Storm's a comin'!

Shakespeare, King Lear Acts 1,2 -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"Cornwall: Shut up your doors, my lord. 'Tis a wild night.
My regan counsels well. Come out o' th' storm" (119).

I think that the fact that the second act ends with King Lear going out into a rough storm is significant. The climaxes of Shakespeare’s plays normally occur in the third act and so the idea of the storm just seems to really build up to that well. We just know something important and dramatic is going to happen soon. Shakespeare wouldn't create a storm for nothing.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at April 11, 2007 1:02 AM


I also thought the storm was a symbolic way to end the second act and maintain throughout the third.

Posted by: Bethany Bouchard at April 16, 2007 3:30 PM

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