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complete the question on the file based on King lear, act 3 sceneii.iv.vi


complete the question on the file based on King lear, act 3 sceneii.iv.vi

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Name: ____________________________________ ___________________ King Lear Scenes ii, iv, vi Date: Act III, Name: ____________________________________ ___________________ King Lear III, Scene v Date: Act Activity C: Identify the double meaning or irony of Edmund’s comments as he speaks to Cornwall. Begin by elaborating on how Cornwall would interpret Edmund’s comments and then expose the reality of what Edmund is actually saying. How Edmund’s comments are meant to be received by Cornwall Appearance Reality CORNWALL I will have my revenge ere I depart his house. EDMUND How, my lord, I may be censured, that nature thus gives way to loyalty, something fears me to think of. CORNWALL I now perceive, it was not altogether your brother's evil disposition made him seek his death; but a provoking merit, set a-work by a reprovable badness in himself. EDMUND How malicious is my fortune, that I must repent to be just! This is the letter he spoke of, which approves him an intelligent party to the advantages of France: O heavens! that this treason were not, or not I the detector! CORNWALL o with me to the duchess. EDMUND If the matter of this paper be certain, you have mighty business in hand. CORNWALL True or false, it hath made thee earl of Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension. EDMUND [Aside] If I find him comforting the king, it will stuff his suspicion more fully.--I will persevere in my course of loyalty, though the conflict be sore between that and my blood. CORNWALL I will lay trust upon thee; and thou shalt find a dearer father in my love. The double meaning or irony of Edmund’s comments Put it all Together: Answer the following questions based on your analysis of Edmund and Cornwall’s conversation. Use direct quotes or specific references to support your responses. A. Predict how Cornwall might view Edmund after their exchange. What does Cornwall’s final line suggest? B. How does Edmund begin to fulfill his own prophecy, “Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit:/All with me’s meet that I can fashion fit”? (Act I, iii, 175—176) C. Which persuasive technique does Edmund utilize most effectively in order to manipulate Cornwall: ethos, pathos or logos? ...
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Name: ____________________________________
___________________ King Lear
Scenes ii, iv, vi

Date:
Act III,

Name: ____________________________________
___________________ King Lear
III, Scene v

Date:
Act

Activity C: Identify the double meaning or irony of Edmund’s comments as he speaks to Cornwall. Begin
by elaborating on how Cornwall would interpret Edmund’s comments and then expose the reality of what
Edmund is actually saying.
How Edmund’s
comments are
meant to be
received by Cornwall

Cornwall thinks that Edmund
was actually Loyal and his
actions depicted otherwise
because he was naturally
inclined to loving his father.
Cornwall thinks that Edmund
is giving her the letter with
good intentions
Cornwall...

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