King Lear : Clothing Imagery
In King Lear the role of clothing is a recurrent image that Shakespeare uses to underscore certain themes in the play.
-Do clothes have an influence on the weares mindset? use examples from the book or personal experiences - Does clothing imagery still have a role in modern society? Explain -How does examples from King Lear connect with modern society? -How does using Clothing Imagery help develop the plot? explain -How does clothing imagery affect a person's opinion on another person
Shakespeare uses clothing imagery throughout King Lear to display different themes within the play. The main themes that relate to clothing imagery are Justice, Power and Society/Social Class. Clothing and nakedness imagery is used to show the mental and physical state of the characters. As the character's state of mind changes throughout the play, their clothing reflects this change. Quotes
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The clothing worn by the characters in the tragedy King Lear reflect their mental and physical state in the play. Clothing imagery and nakedness is shown through the quality of the clothes a character wears. Nakedness is also connected with the masked identity characters such as Edgar and Kent possess and later reveal later on in the play. Characters in King Lear hide behind a disguise to avoid conflict in the play and unmask their true feelings later on.
Shakespeare uses clothing imagery throughout King Lear to display different themes within the play. The main themes that relate to clothing imagery are Justice, Power and Society/Social Class. Clothing and nakedness imagery is used to show the mental and physical state of the characters. As the character's state of mind changes throughout the play, their clothing reflects this change.
The justice given to characters in King Lear is based on the clothing, or lack of, that they wear. "Through tattered clothes (small) vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all [Plate Sin] with gold" (4 6 180-182) The characters within the play illustrate that the wealthy get away with injustices because of how they are presented to society through their appearance. Lear finally sees that while he was in power he favoured the wealthy over the poor.
"Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your looped and windowed raggedness defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have tak'en Too little care of this. Take physic, pomp. Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou may'st shake the superflux to them and show the heavens more just." (3 4 32-41)
Lear begins to realize how he has failed as a king. Through living in the pouring rain, he understands how difficult the living conditions are for them. Lear suggests that every person should stop and live like the poor. The poor typically in Shakespeare's time would be either naked or have minimal clothes on.
"Our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous." (2 4 305-306) Lear refers to how even the poor have more than what is necessary and how it is unjust for the wealthy to own excessive amounts of useless items yet wont give any to help those who need it.
The clothes that the characters have or lack, in King Lear, ultimately decide what position they obtain in society. "Ay, madam. In the heaviness of sleep, we put fresh garments on him." (4 7 25-26) After Lear is cleaned up and dressed well, he appears to be more sane. In the play, there is a connection between appearance and a sense of sanity. DEION
"I will preserve myself, and am bethought to take the basest and most poorest shape that ever penury in contempt of man brought near to beast. My face I'll grime with filth, blanket my...
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