- 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)