Thursday, October 13, 2016

Garrett's Prewriting Post

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One of my favorite quotes may be leading to
some interesting ideas about endurance.
2. It has been interesting to see my literary analysis change. I believe that I have begun to look deeper into things than I did before, asking the "why" questions more often. Instead of just noticing something interesting, I'm trying to understand why it is interesting and what I can learn. It has been very helpful to see my classmates analyze well and make use of more connections and different types of analysis.

3. Like I started to mention, Slack has been very helpful in getting more ideas about the play, ideas of how to view the play, and different resources people have found. I have enjoyed the reminders to talk with others about Shakespeare, and love hearing the stories from my classmates, as more opinions about Shakespeare or the play always seems to open up ideas to greater understanding. I do seem to read at different times than other people, so commenting appropriately has seemed harder than I had hoped it would be.

4. Policy: Though many see Cordelia as Christ-like figure in King Lear, Gloucester should be the character that best exemplifies Christ the most due to his sacrifice.

Definition: Even though many have made references to Christianity through King Lear, the play is a representation of ideas of astrological thought and nihilism based on the characters own beliefs.

Comparison: Though Gloucester can be seen as Christ-like in his sacrifice and as one of the only characters who shows kindness, he actually isn't a good model of Christian living because of his adherence to astrology and superstition and his inability to endure.

Evaluation: Despite Edgar's positive intentions, it was actually bad that he let Gloucester think he'd been saved off the cliffs, simply because it wasn't a beneficial lie.

Casual: Although Edgar's falling out of the family seemed to come due to Edmund, it actually resulted from a greater problem of communication error between Gloucester and Edgar long before the events of King Lear.


  1. I like your policy claim, I think it is an interesting look at Gloucester. I also find your Casual claim interesting, though i'm not sure how you would support that considering how little the play gives us about the events before King Lear.

  2. I really like your comparison claim, and how it compares Gloucester to Christ, but refutes the model at the same time. I think that that is a great way to phrase it!

  3. I think that your comparison thesis would be interesting to read. Especially because I have been looking for references to Christianity and I didn't even think that there could be a foil or a false lead to a reference.

  4. I'd like to challenge your evaluation claim a bit- how was this lie not beneficial? He would have died either way, but in living longer, he was able to reconcile with his son and King Lear, who he loved. I think your point could be proven, but it's kind of a blanket statement.

    1. Sam, thanks for your comment. I apparently would need to rework that thesis statement. My idea was not that Gloucester would die, but that the whole exercise seems futile. Why should Edgar not just reveal himself and tell his father not to jump off a cliff at all?