King Lear

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In Shakespeare’s play King Lear he has employed many techniques to engage the Jacobean audience for which it was intended as well as the modern audience. A variety of linguistic techniques, themes, characters and dramatic devices are used in the play which engages both audiences. All these devices are used within the opening scene of the play and it is clear why Shakespeare has been able to captivate both audiences. The themes that Shakespeare has contrived are ones that continue to reoccur throughout the opening scene. Like all Shakespeare’s plays there is a constant sense of good vs. evil. This can be seen via that character Cordelia who is good and Edmund who is evil. This constant battle of conflicting emotions and morals is an intriguing technique by Shakespeare that captivates both Jacobean and modern audiences. Such examples of these differences ‘I love your majesty according to my bind, no more nor less’ Although this might see harsh words by Cordelia she speaks true of her love to her father representing the honest and realistic character. Cordelia’s character is directly contrasted by that of Edmond. He is constantly lying in order for himself to climb the social ladder, for is ‘bastarding’ of birth he blames his father and seeks revenge on the world and will do anything that stands in his way to get there ‘My father compounded my mother under the dragon’s tail, and my nativity was under Ursa Major’ This quote directly links Edmond’s hatred for his father’s actions that led to him being a bastard son. During this quote Edmond is the only character on stage, this allows the audience to see what Edmond it truly thinking and plotting. Use of dramatic irony empowers both audiences giving them a better perspective on the character idea’s and in Edmonds case his plan’s of action ‘This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune, often the surfeits of our own behaviour’ This tells of how Edmond believes he has had...
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