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King Lear: Notes (2)

The play gains momentum (the "rising action")

The turning point

  • The storm, on the heath and in Lear's mind.
    • Lear curses ingratitude (3.2)
    • He thinks kindly of the Fool, and by extension of the world's "naked wretches" (3.4.26ff)
    • Edgar enters, and Lear's mind turns (3.4.62)
    • The grim trio of abnormality: Lear's madness, Edgar's feigned madness, and the Fool's fooling
  • The mock trial (3.6.35)
  • The sub-plot explodes into violence: the blinding (3.7)
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