king lear

Topics: William Shakespeare, James I of England, King Lear, Elizabeth I of England / Pages: 11 (1434 words) / Published: Oct 22nd, 2014
Advanced Placement in
English Literature and Composition
Individual Learning Packet

Teaching Unit

King Lear

by William Shakespeare

Written by Eva Richardson

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King Lear


King Lear
By the end of this Unit, students will be able to:
1. trace the development of the main plot in the play and indicate how and where the subplot parallels the main plot.
2. trace and analyze the development of the following characters: Lear, Cordelia, Regan,
Goneril, Kent, Gloucester, Edgar, Edmund, Cornwall, Albany, Oswald.
3. trace the causes, symptoms, and consequences of the developing madness that plagues
King Lear throughout the play.
4. trace and analyze relationships between characters, especially between Lear and Cordelia,
Regan and Goneril, Edmund and Edgar, and Gloucester and Edgar.

analyze Shakespeare’s use of language:

• rhyme and meter
• figurative devices such as metaphor, simile, personification, etc.
• dramatic conventions such as pun, aside, allusion, subplot, etc.


analyze the function of the Fool.


define the concept of the tragic hero by looking at the example of King Lear.


trace the following themes in the play:

• old age and the ingratitude of the young

• the concept of Natural Order in terms of family relations and the influence of fate, the stars, and the gods

• the meaning of “nothing”

• the conflict between sight and insight, vision and blindness, ignorance and self-knowledge

• reality versus appearance

9. respond to multiple-choice questions

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