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Name: ____________________________________ ___________________ King Lear Date: Act I Activity C: Kent and the Fool both offer scathing criticism of Lear’s decision to renounce his kingship. Use the diagram below to collect insightful evidence of their separate critiques. Kent Criticisms of Lear’s Decision Fool 1. 1. 2. 2. 3. 3. What is their essential argument? Points to Consider: Be sure to reference textual examples and paraphrases when answering the following questions. A. Do you think Kent and the Fool’s protests go too far or not far enough? B. Why does Lear not heed their advice? What do we know of Lear’s personality? C. Why doesn’t anyone else protest Lear’s decision to divide his kingdom? Be specific with your answer. Name: ____________________________________ ___________________ King Lear Date: Act I Activity D: It soon becomes apparent that there are two sides to Goneril and Regan. Assess the sister’s exchange with their father and then later, their private conversation. Which direct quotes best reflect their outward appearance as they speak to their father? Which comments are more telling about their true motives once they are alone? Appearances Reality Comments made in Public Comments made in Private Points to Consider: Summarize the disparity between Goneril and Regan’s public and private personas. Ensure that your response is supported by textual references and instances. What Lear Believes about his Daughters What Cordelia knows about her Sisters Name: ____________________________________ ___________________ King Lear Date: Act I The Importance of Nothing Activity E: Consider the use of the word “nothing” as it is echoed throughout the first act of the play. Assess the affect the word has on the play’s opening scenes by completing the following table. Cordelia Edmund Lear “Nothing, my lord.” “Nothing, my lord.” “This is nothing.” Act I, Sc. 1, L. 91 Act I. Sc. ii, L. 33 Act I, Sc. iv, L. 121 (Lear’s Response) (Gloucester’s Response) (Fool’s Response) Direct Quote Context (Events Surrounding the use of the word) Responses Events Set in Motion Next: What truths are revealed through each characters’ use of the word, “nothing”? Cordelia Edmund Lear Identify the Author’s Craft: How does Shakespeare’s use of word “nothing” drive the plot? What is the impact of verbal irony? ...
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Name: ____________________________________
___________________ King Lear

Date:
Act I

Activity C: Kent and the Fool both offer scathing criticism of Lear’s decision to renounce his kingship. Use
the diagram below to collect insightful evidence of their separate critiques.

Kent
1.

Criticisms of
Lear’s
Decision

"No, sir, but there’s
something about your
face that makes me
want to serve you."

2.

Fool
1.

2.
"Authority"

3.

3.
"An honest guy who’s
as poor as the king."

Kent’s argument was meant to win
the love of Lear. Kent’s concealed
his identity to avoid being
recognized by Lear, and his
arguments seemed to support
Lear’s actions as a way of winning
his love and trust.

What is their
essential
argument?

"Please tell him that his
income is nothing, now that
he’s given his lands away. He
won’t believe a fool."

"Well, you’ve given away all
your other rightful titles. The
title of “fool” is the only one
left."

"So that he always has a roof
over his head. He can’t give
his house away to his
daughters, leaving himself
without shelter."

Fool’s argument was meant to
make Lear realize that his decision
to divide the kingdom to his three
daughters was a terrible mistake.
The Fool even uses the snail to
make Lear realize his mistake, but
Lear fails to identify this.

Points to Consider: Be sure to reference textual examples and paraphrases when answering the following
questions.

A. Do you think Kent and the Fool’s protests go too far or not fa...

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