KL Essay Plans

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Essay plans based on practice questions for King Lear

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1. King Lear claims he is ‘more sinned against than sinning.’How far and in what ways do you sympathise with Lear?

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2. The lessons Lear learns are outweighed by those he does not.How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of Lear?

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3. Having a subplot so similar to the main plot ruins the drive of the narrative.How far do you agree with the idea that Gloucester’s family story detractsfrom the play?

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4. Cordelia’s death is an unnecessary appendage to the main narrative and itdetracts from an audience’s experience of the tragedy.How far and in what ways do you agree with this view?

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5. The play’s moral is that honesty and loyalty will not be rewarded.How far and in what ways do you agree with this view?

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6. ‘ . . . Propinquity and property of the blood’King Lear is a play of family breakdown, not national politics.How far and in what ways do you see this play as a presentation of familydynamics?

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7. One is struck during a performance of King Lear by how little controlcharacters seem to have over their destinies.Evaluate the impact on the play of tragic fate, destiny and God.

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8. The fool adds further confusion and clamour to an already impenetrable play.How far and in what ways do you find the character of the fool unnecessary?

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9. ‘Lear’s madness becomes, in fact, his route to sanity.’

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10. The play’s characters will only learn how to live socially once they have beenuprooted from all social structures

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11. Edmund is the true voice of human nature in this play.How far and in what ways do you feel the audience identifies with Edmund?

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12. The tragedy stems from confusing love and duty.How far and in what ways do you agree with this view of the play?

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